Italy rapped over "too narrow" nature rules

Italy is heading for condemnation in the European court of justice, after advocate-general Philippe Léger agreed with the European Commission that the country had failed in its transposition of the 1992 habitats directive (EED 15/03/02). In particular, Italian rules fail to require assessment of plans or projects not directly linked to conservation sites but likely to have an impact on them. Italy did not contest the claim, and said that new legislation had been drafted to fully comply with the EU directive. See opinion C-143/02.

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