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European deadline looms for Italy on Campania garbage crisis


(ANSA) - Brussels, September 5 - Just 10 days remain before
a September 15 deadline, when Italy must submit answers to the
European Union for its still festering garbage disposal problems
in the southern Italian region of Campania, EU Environment
Commission spokesperson Joseph Hennon told ANSA on Wednesday.
Hennon said Italy presented a plan on June 22, as agreed
last February in Brussels, regarding the transitory period from
2012 to 2016.
"The evaluation of the text shows that despite considerable
progress made, the programme does not contain sufficient
information on all the planned infrastructure projects. In
particular, the location of the new landfills," said Hennon.
For this reason, Hennon added, "Last July 24, the
directorate-general for the environment at the European
Commission sent a letter to Italian authorities asking them to
furnish the missing information, also for the more important
projects on the schedule. The deadline is next September 15."
In January, the European Court of Human Rights condemned
Italy for the long-running trash crisis in the Campania region.
The court upheld an appeal from a couple in Somma Vesuviana
near Naples, saying their right to safeguard their family had
been breached since rubbish heaps first began to appear around
their home in 1994.
Also in January, the Italian government approved a measure
to ship rubbish from the Campania region surrounding Naples to
plants in other regions to ease the area's ongoing waste crisis.
Under the agreement the trash could be transported from the
region's garbage treatment plants to others elsewhere until
December 31, 2012.

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