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EU Takes Italy Back to Court Over Landfills, Seeks Daily Fines

October 24, 2012

European Union regulators referred Italy back to court over its failure to clean up illegal landfills and is seeking daily fines against the country.

“Despite an earlier court judgment on this matter in April 2007, problems still persist in almost all Italian regions and the measures in place are not sufficient to resolve the problem in the long term,” the European Commission, the EU regulator in Brussels, said today in a statement.

The EU referred Italy back to the European Court of Justice and is requesting a lump-sum fine of 56 million euros ($72.5 million) and a daily penalty payment of 256,819 euros for each day of noncompliance after a second court ruling, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jones Hayden in Brussels at jhayden1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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