In a significant development, the Italian parliament has approved a law making protection of the environment part of its Constitution.
Politicians and activists have hailed the bill as a significant victory for the country’s future.
The new law states the Italian state must safeguard the environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem “in the interest too of future generations”; it also calls on private economic initiative for not damaging the health of the environment.
Italy’s Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani termed the bill as “an essential step” for Italy with Rome moving to raise green investments to transform the economy under the European Union’s post-coronavirus pandemic recovery fund.
“I think this is a momentous day,” said Cingolani in a statement.
It was not immediately clear what the judicial repercussions of the new law would be. “Finally, environment protection has become a fundamental principle of the republic, which future legislation must be inspired by and past legislation adapted to,” said Italian WWF president Donatella Bianchi in a statement.