Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
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Italy referred to European Court of Justice over landfills

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Brussels, October 24 - The European Commission
referred Italy to the European Court of Justice on Wednesday for
how it manages its landfills, asking the tribunal to fine the
eurozone's third-largest economy for failing to execute a 2007
court order.
The Commission has asked the tribunal to apply a lump-sum
fine of 56 million euros to Italy with additional daily
sanctions of 256,819 euros a day until a 2007 ruling ordering
the resolution of the problem is executed.
The request Italy be fined originates from Environment
Commissioner Janez Potocnik, according to a statement from the
Commission.
''The problems still persist in almost all Italian
regions,'' the statement said. ''The measures currently in place
are not sufficient to resolve the problem in the long term''.
Accordingly, the Commission is requesting that Italy act
''urgently'' to clear up the hundreds of illegal and
uncontrolled landfills.
There are some 255 landfills that need to be regulated, of
which 16 hold toxic waste, according to the statement.
Notwithstanding the commitments the Italian authorities
made in 2007, the issues relating to only some ''31 landfills
will be resolved by the end of 2012'', the Commission said.

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