Italy's green laws set for rationalisation

Government approves year-long project to integrate, simplify, environmental legislation

The Italian cabinet has given the go-ahead for the preparation of new legislation to "reorganise, coordinate and integrate" existing laws governing the main areas of Italian environmental policy-making, from waste management to protection of water and land resources.

A 24-member committee presided by environment minister Altero Matteoli will carry out a major re-drafting exercise to unify present legislation in six major areas: waste management and reclamation of polluted sites; management and protection of water resources; land resource protection; protection of national parks and biodiversity; implementation of penalties for environmental damage; and reorganisation and simplification of environmental impact assessment procedures.

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