Italy's new hunting law "in breach of EU rules"

The Italian government is being challenged over a law approved by parliament on Tuesday that allows regional authorities to exempt hunters from certain bans. The new provisions are a "death sentence" for migratory birds, according to Green MP Marco Lion. He also claimed the law was unconstitutional and would run into sanctions from the EU. Failure to fully comply with the 1979 EU wild birds directive has already earned Italy a condemnation in the European court of justice and a warning of renewed action (EED 15/03/02). See press release.

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