Lords' prescription for improving compliance with EC rules

A series of measures to strengthen Community oversight of the implementation of EC environmental rules by the Member States has been recommended by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.1 It also urges moves to open up to judicial review the performance of regulatory authorities and the decisions of public bodies to refuse the public access to environmental information.

The Committee's report is a major contribution to the intensifying debate about the inconsistent implementation of EC environmental legislation and the options for remedying it. Last year saw three moves intended to improve the implementation and practical enforcement of EC laws. These were a decision by Environment Ministers to establish a network of national pollution inspectorates (ENDS Report 201, pp 21-3), a Directive which introduced sta

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