Jun 23, 2012

Waste: The Proceeding on Lazio


In 2007, the European Court of Justice ruled that Italy had failed to adopt its plan, necessary to protect human health and the environment. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, the Commission has decided to close the case.

The adoption of the plan is a very important first step, but the Commission remains concerned about its implementation and urges the Italian authorities to continue their efforts to ensure a proper waste management in the region. In a judgment as a result of Commission’s appeal (Case C-82/06) in June 2007, the European Court of Justice condemned Italy for the absence of plans for waste management in some regions and provinces, including the Lazio Region.

These plans are required under the Waste Framework Directive and the Directive on hazardous waste. Italy had adopted waste management plans to these directives to all affected areas (the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Puglia and the provinces of Bolzano and Rimini), except for Lazio. The Italian authorities had notified the Commission several times to take steps to adopt the plan for Lazio. But, the Commission remained concerned about the slowness of this process.

As the judgment had not been respected, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice on May 8, 2008, and warned Italy that a second action could result in the imposition of financial penalties. On March 16, 2012, Italy finally submitted on waste management plan for Lazio adopted on January 18, 2012.

Based on the evaluation of the plan made ​​by the Commission, it shall comply with EU legislation. Although this is an important first step, the Commission expects that the authorities ensure the effective implementation of the plan. Overall, waste management in Lazio continues to cause concern, among other things, because a sufficient capacity for the proper treatment of waste before putting into landfill has yet to be created.

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