Shining the Spotlight on European Union Environmental Compliance
New approaches to promoting compliance with EU environmental law are needed. This article argues that one promising regulatory tool that the EU could utilize is greater reliance on information disclosure requirements, particularly "spotlighting" the compliance records of regulated entities. The article first explains the difficulties that the EU is currently facing in enforcing its environmental laws. It then discusses how spotlighting has proven to be an effective environmental policy tool and how the EU has already embraced a spotlighting strategy in certain areas. Finally, it argues that the EU should use spotlighting as an enforcement strategy because it would provide a potent method of improving compliance with EU environmental laws.
24 Pace Environmental L. Rev. 161 (2007)