New law on environmental crimes approved

Date of Release: 
Jun 29 2015

On May 19 2015 the Italian Senate gave final approval to a long-awaited law on environmental crimes (Draft Law 1345(B)). As a result, Italy has finally systematically codified its legislation on environmental crimes in line with the EU Environmental Crime Directive (2008/99/EC), which holds that member states must ensure that environmental crimes are punishable by "effective, proportional and dissuasive" penalties. The new law features several new elements, including:

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