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Evolution of the IPPC release on the basis of BAT conclusions

The IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) is an administrative act which is required by State authorities to allow an emission plant to operate. Initially conceived by the European Union (Directive 96/61/CE), every Member State later implemented national environmental legislation with the aim of reducing their emissions in compliance with EU legal parameters. 

Golden powers: a new set of special powers for the Italian Government

The Law Decree No. 21 of 15 March 2012, converted by Law No. 56 of 11 May 2012, introduced a new set of special powers for the Italian Government in relation to strategic sectors such as defence and national security, energy, transport and communications.

Renewable Energy and Conservation - Overview

The article concerns the regulation of the Renewable Energy Market in Italy, providing a brief overview on the matter at hand. 


The Legislative Decree No. 164/2000 (also known as “Letta Decree”) qualifies the natural-gas distribution activity as a public service. This qualification derives from the aim of natural-gas distribution to meet the needs of the community, by ensuring the equal access to the gas grid (so-called “third party access”), the continuity and the quality of the service.

After stating the public service nature of the distribution activity, Article 14 of the aforementioned Decree regulates the procedure for awarding it through mandatory public tenders launched by Local Entities. Within a gas distribution market qualified as a natural monopoly, the choice for tender procedures is directed at ensuring competition between different companies (in order to earn benefits in terms of efficiency, quality of the service and more reasonable prices for the end-consumers).

New Rules on Public Procurement: A Stronger Stance for “Greener” Public Contracts

With Legislative Decree No. 50/2016 (the so-called “Public Procurement Code”, hereinafter “PPC” or “the Code”) Italy implemented the EU Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU, concerning, respectively: (i) the award of concession contracts; (ii) public procurement; and (iii) procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors. The PPC, by repealing the 2006 Code on public procurement (Legislative Decree No. 163/2006), reorganised the pre-existing Italian legislation on public contracts relating to public works, services and supplies.


I. The Resolution of the Authority for Electricity and Gas (hereinafter just the "Authority"), January 18, 2007, no. 11/07 (hereinafter "TIU") has brought about the introduction of new administrative and accounting separation obligations (also known as unbundling) for companies operating in the electricity and gas markets. This measure, which is made ​​to meet the provisions of functional and accounting unbundling contained in previous resolutions of the Authority, is part of a regulatory system made ​​up of both national and EU legal sources (among which the following are of particular importance; i) Law 14 November 1995, no. 481; ii) Resolutions Authority no. 310/2001 and no. 311/2001; iii) the EU Directives 2003/54/EC and 2003/55/​​EC).


I. Our firm, Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti and Associates, carries out a large part of its work in the field of Environmental law. The establishment of Law NO. 97/2013 on 6th August 2013 heavily influenced the regulation of compensation for environmental damages, as it follows in the footsteps of European Union Directives by introducing the concept of "strict liability". This infers a type of liability which is independent from the wilful misconduct or gross negligence of an operator and allows for convictions based upon the damages themselves rather than the deeds or intentions of whoever may have caused them.

Law NO. 97 (so-called European Law 2013), in force from 4th September 2013, was necessary in light of the infringement proceedings n. 2007/4679 brought about by the EU Commission against Italy. This was due to the fact that prior Italian regulation regarding compensation for environmental damages did not comply with European Legislation (EU Directive 2004/35/CE), as it only provided for liability based upon culpability. Article 25 from the European Law 2013 introduced this "strict liability" which ultimately modified Articles 298bis and 311 of Legislative Decree NO. 152/2006. 

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