23 OCT 2010
Brussels - The European Commission warned Italy Saturday that it faces legal action and fines over a burgeoning rubbish collection crisis in Naples.
'I am worried by what has been happening ... in recent days,' European Union Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said in a statement.
He said the situation was 'very close' to the crisis which erupted in 2007, and which led the Commission to open an infringement procedure against Italy for violating EU treaties.
Rubbish has once again been piling up in Naples' old city centre while residents of the suburb of Terzigno have been involved in violent clashes with police, in protest against a new rubbish dump being built in their neighbourhood.
Potocnik said Commission could again refer the situation to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which could 'entail the imposition of fines' and a freeze on EU funding.
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