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Pollution in Taranto, Italy condemned

Strasbourg - “Persistent pollution caused by Ilva emissions has endangered the health of the entire population, which lives in the area at risk”: the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg upheld the appeal presented by 182 citizens of Taranto

Strasbourg - “Persistent pollution caused by Ilva emissions has endangered the health of the entire population, which lives in the area at risk” and “the national authorities have not taken all the necessary measures to effectively protect the right to respect for life deprived of the applicants.”

On the basis of these assumptions, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg upheld the appeal presented by 182 citizens of Taranto, condemning the Italian State to pay a compensation of 5,000 euros to each applicant and, above all, to implement the most measures to ensure the protection of health and the environment are rapidly possible. The violation of Articles 8 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which Italy has signed, was thus recognized.

In the ruling - which will become final within three months if the parties do not recur - the Court of Strasbourg, having established that contrary to what the government claims, the applicants - except 19 - have the status of victims, states that the state has violated their right to respect for private and family life and the right to an effective remedy against the violations suffered. But the Court did not enter into the merits of the violation of the right to life.

The first appeal was promoted in 2013 by Daniela Spera of the Legamjonic Committee on behalf of 52 citiziens of Taranto, through the lawyers Sandro Maggio and Leonardo La Porta, both of the Court of Taranto.

Subsequently, in 2015, similar appeal was presented by another 130 citiziens of Taranto, first signatory the former city councilor Lina Ambrogi Melle, who relied on lawyers Andrea Saccucci, Matteo Magnano and Roberta Greco. The Court then merged the treatment of the two requests: “What was there, never again”, said the Minister of the Environment, Sergio Costa.”

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