Italian green laws overhaul slammed

NGOs attack "dangerous" government plans to rewrite environmental legislation

Italy's major green groups have attacked "unjustified" government plans to rewrite environmental legislation currently being debated in parliament, claiming they will put environmental protection in a "four-year limbo" (EED 23/10/01).

The proposals are an attempt to let "economic interests prevail over the principle of safeguarding the public good", the 12 NGOs said on Tuesday in a joint statement. In particular, they claimed, the draft law displays a "dangerous intention" to favour business by doing away with existing rules on waste disposal, protected areas and environmental impact assessment.

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