Italy in trouble again over bird rules

Italy is heading for condemnation in the European court of justice, following an opinion released yesterday by advocate-general Philippe Léger that the country has failed to adequately implement the 1979 wild birds directive. Mr Léger agreed with the European Commission that Italy had not designated a sufficient number of special protection zones. He rejected Italy's claims that it had subsequently carried out this process, saying that the designations had only been partially completed. Italy has faced previous court action on this directive, most recently on hunting (EED 15/03/02). See opinion C-378/01.

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