They said last week they would make environmental crime a part of European law and they may have done it.
The European Commission draft still needs approval from the European Parliament and governments of the 27 member countries - since the majority of the EU countries that were signatories to the Kyoto Treaty are not in compliance the new law could have devastating effects.
Franco Frattini, the Justice Commissioner, said companies were using loopholes because various countries had different laws.
"We cannot allow safe havens of environmental crime inside the EU," he said.
The primary targets: dumping of toxic waste, illegally shipping or treating waste and trading in endangered species.
The law will go beyond punishing corporations and also punish executives, Frattini said. Corporations are behind almost three-quarters of environmental dumping and laws must be enacted, he added.
Read the Environmental Crime Index here.