Inconsistent application across EU environmental policies and actions

06 Jul: Special Report 12/2021: The Polluter Pays Principle: Inconsistent application across EU environmental policies and actions

(Source: EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS)

​​Pollution represents a significant cost for society and is a key concern for EU citizens. By applying the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP), polluters are incentivised to avoid environmental damage and are held responsible for the pollution that they cause. Overall, we found that the PPP is reflected and applied to varying degrees in the different EU environmental policies and its coverage and application was incomplete. The EU budget is sometimes used to fund clean-up actions that should, under the PPP, have been borne by polluters. We recommend strengthening the integration of the PPP into environmental …