Entrepreneurial freedom vs. further development of medium-related environmental protection

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Environment law is of great importance for business practice. German industry assumes its responsibility for environmental protection. Medium-related environmental protection, i.e. protection of water, soil and air, plays an important role in production.

Companies need competitive framework conditions. Accordingly, legislative impact assessments with precise information about the consequences for innovation capacity and jobs should be a part of every legislative process as medium-related environmental protection is developed further. The legislator should have to apply a kind of “freedom test” to answer the question as to whether its objective cannot be achieved better and more cost-efficiently using means which encroach less on entrepreneurial freedom.