Italy has just approved a bill on eco-crimes, under which a series of “new environmental crimes” have been introduced into the criminal code. The five new offences are environmental pollution, environmental disaster, trafficking and abandoning radioactive material, impeding environmental control and failure to remediate. The bill has had a mixed reception. We asked David Röttgen, one of the founding partners of the Ambientalex law firm and of the Waste and Chemicals consultancy company, for an analysis. A member of the Ministry for the Environment’s Technical Division in 2012/2013, Röttgen sits on the investigative commission for integrated environmental authorisation (IPPC), part of the Ministry for the Environment, the Territory & the Sea.

 

Read here the analysis of David Röttgen (in italian)

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