Waste management: Lazio region case closed
Thursday 21 June 2012
The European Commission has decided to close a case against Italy after waste management plans have finally been adopted for the Lazio region. In a 2007 ruling (Case C-082/06), the EU Court of Justice condemned Italy for the absence of waste management plans for a number of regions and provinces, including the Lazio region. These plans are obligatory under the Waste Framework Directive and the Hazardous Waste Directive. Italy adopted waste management plans compliant with these directives for all concerned areas (the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Puglia and the provinces of Bolzano and Rimini), with the exception of the Lazio region. Rome informed the Commission several times that steps were being taken to adopt the plan for Lazio, but the Commission remained concerned at the slow pace of adoption. In March 2012, following the opening of another infringement procedure, Italy finally sent the Commission the waste management plans for the Lazio region, adopted on 18 January 2012. The Commission’s assessment of the plans showed that they are in line with EU legislation so it decided to close the case.