Italian waste law snubbed by EU judge

Italy's courts should ignore a narrow national definition of waste introduced two years ago, a European judge recommended last week. Juliane Kokott's opinion reaffirms the principle that the EU law takes precedence over national legislation when conflict arises. The case was referred to the European court by an Italian judge dealing with a local dispute over whether a scrap metal cargo was waste or not (EED 25/11/02). The European Commission launched its own investigation into the Italian decree nearly two years ago (EED 11/09/02). See opinion in case C-457/02.

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