Lords criticise secrecy over EC environmental laws

The EC's procedures for drafting environmental legislation and overseeing its implementation by Member States continue to suffer from lack of transparency and overt secrecy, according to a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.1 As well as making recommendations to open up the procedures to public participation and scrutiny, the Committee expresses concern that recent European Commission proposals for improving enforcement of EC rules may transfer too much responsibility to national governments and courts.

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