Italy wins habitats case in EU court

European commission's legal challenge "unfounded", judges say; Finland condemned over ship waste law

The EU court of justice has rejected a legal challenge by the European commission to the Italian government over a breach of EU habitats law in a protected area in southern Italy. In a ruling issued last week, judges said the challenge was "unfounded" because Brussels could not prove construction projects that had been authorised in the area constituted an infringement. In a separate judgement, Finland was condemned for failing to fully implement EU rules on ship waste disposal at port facilities. See judgements in cases C-179/06 (Italy) and C-523/06 (Finland) (Finnish).

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