Call for Evidence - EU Environmental and Animal Welfare Principles

The Committee is seeking responses to the following questions on this issue:

1. How important are the EU principles of:

  • the precautionary principle
  • preventive action 
  • environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source 
  • the polluter should pay 
  • animal sentience.

2. How and where have these principles had an impact on environmental and animal welfare policy in Scotland?

3. Views on the appropriateness of retaining/adopting/enshrining these EU principles in law or alternative principles/approaches that could be adopted.

4. Views on if and how environmental principles could and should be enshrined in law in Scotland and enforced.

5. Examples of where key environmental principles have been enshrined in domestic legislation elsewhere.

Next steps

The ECCLR Committee will consider whether to take oral evidence following a review of the written submissions. The Committee will then hear from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and from the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe.

How to submit your views

Please note that the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has now concluded its call for evidence and cannot consider submissions received after the deadline of Thursday 29 March 2018 as part of the inquiry.

You can read the evidence received by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the page below:



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