Italian fast-track legislation suffers setback

Streamlined procedures for infrastructure assessment, phone mast installations declared "illegitimate"

Italy's programme to fast-track authorisation of "strategic infrastructure" suffered a setback last week when the constitutional court struck out certain articles of a law which it said wrongly excluded regional authorities from involvement in environmental impact assessments. The law was a key plank in the government's policy to reduce bureaucratic hurdles for business (EED 19/10/01).

The court also deleted from the statute book a government decree authorising mobile telephone operators to erect masts at locations of their choice, regardless of local planning regulations. The constitutional judges upheld a claim from regional authorities that the decree breached their competence over their territory (EED 14/10/02).

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