Italy in more trouble over waste laws

As if the Naples waste crisis were not enough, Italy has found itself embroiled in more legal strife over lack of legislation on landfills.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) found Italy in breach of EC law for inadequate transposition of the Landfill Directive.

The Court held that Italy had subjected landfills, authorised between July 2001 and March 2003, to national legislative provisions reserved for existing landfill sites and not to the stricter regime for new landfills required under the Landfill Directive.

The Court also held that transitional provisions laid down in national legislation did not comply with the Directive so far as it applied to landfills opened during the period from the date of expiry of the period for transposition of the Directive to the date of entry into force of the national implementing provisions.

The text of the ECJ judgment in case C-442/06 may be accessed via the following link.

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