Having already delivered first warnings, the Commission is now sending reasoned opinions, or final warnings. Failing a satisfactory response within two months, it could then sue the government in the European Court of Justice. Italy has already been condemned once for a breach of the waste framework directive concerning an illegal waste landfill (ENDS Daily 9 November 1999).
* In a separate statement, the Commission said today that it would send a final warning to Finland for failing to protect an area of wetland in the north-east of the country that is an important wild bird habitat. A recently granted construction permit for a new power station would lead to the flooding of about 250 square kilometres of land, including the Kemihaara mires, home to many species protected under the EU's 1979 wild birds directive.
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