Commission to penalise Italy over bird protection

Commission to penalise Italy over bird protection


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The European Commission has demanded that Italy comply with three court rulings on a number of failures to provide adequate protection for wild birds, which are protected in Europe under the Birds Directive and the European Court of Justice has found on three occasions (in 2008, and twice in 2010), that Italian law falls short of EU standards in this area.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, recommended that the Commission send a letter of formal notice, demanding Italy to rectify the shortcomings.

Two of the rulings concern hunting and in a separate case brought by the Commission regarding the transposition and application of the Birds Directive at national level and in several other regions, the Court found a number of general failings in Italy's transposition of the Birds Directive.

Though Italy did change some of its law on the national level, problems still persist at local levels, as certain regions have continued to issue hunting derogations in breach of the Directive.  

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