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There is no other area of law where the influence of the European Union is stronger at international level than that of environmental law.
Article 191.2 of the Treaty of Rome indeed states that “EU policy in the field of environment aims to a high level of protection taking into account the diversity of situations in the various EU regions.
It is based on the principles of precaution and preventive action, the principle of priority be rectified at source, attacks on the environment and on the polluter pays “.
The EU environmental legislation has been endorsed by several foreign legal systems (for example, the EU rules on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) have been taken over by the State of California. Likewise, the REACH Regulation has inspired countries such as Japan, Korea and the United States).
The precautionary principle that underpins the EU policy in the field of environment forces companies to heavily invest in the field of research and development as well as in risk assessment procedures.The precautionary principle underlies internal debates within corporations on whether to develop a product, put it on the market or even to remove it from it.
Our firm is aware of the risks inherent in this type of business decisions, and provides legal advice in the field of environmental law in order to help our clients make the right decisions.
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