Sources of European Environmental Law - NR&E | Spring 2011
The European Union (EU) has been a major source of environmental law for the Member States over the last forty years. Although some legal instruments of EU law are directly applicable, directives, the principal source of EU environmental law, must be transposed into domestic law thus giving the Member States some scope for discretion in their implementation. Noncompliance has always been one of the main weaknesses of EU environmental law, although it is now the subject of greater attention.