Liability for environmental damage: From policy design to application

The capacity-building event on Liability for environmental damage: From policy design to application will take place virtually on 14-15 September 2022 through Zoom platform.

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Meeting objectives, expected outputs and outcomes

The purpose of the meeting is to build capacity of regulators in Eastern Partner economies to develop and apply environmental liability legislation. It will focus on presenting the main components of the ELD, challenges and lessons learnt with its design and application in the EU Member States and in the Eastern Partner countries, and the development of financial security instruments.


Participants will include representatives from environmental regulatory authorities and inspectorates of Eastern Partner and OECD countries, including IMPEL Members, and representatives of the OECD Secretariat. The meeting is organised under the EU4Environment Programme. It falls under component 3.2 on Environmental Compliance Assurance and Liability Regimes, which seeks to strengthen environmental compliance assurance and enforcement systems and instruments in Eastern Partner countries at national and regional levels.


Polluters’ liability for environmental damage they cause is a crucial component of the polluter pays principle. The European Union’s 2007 Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) establishes financial responsibility of operators for environmental damage to biodiversity, land and water. An important component of the Directive is the obligation of operators to restore the damaged environment to its baseline condition and to bear the costs of remediation. In addition, the ELD requires Member States to encourage the development of financial security instruments and markets.

The focus of environmental liability legislation in the Eastern Partner countries has traditionally been on collecting monetary payments rather than prevention and remediation of environmental damage. The region moreover lacks a legal framework for financial security mechanisms. Association Agreements with the European Union have been promoting the transposition of the ELD in many countries of the region. For example, Georgia adopted an Environmental Liability Law in 2021.

Draft agenda


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