Italian waste case: Italian Council of State orders exporting company to recover its waste containers, still in Tunisia
30/07/2021 20:30, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Italian Council of State has pronounced, on July 26, 2021, on the case of waste illegally imported from Italy to Tunisia between May and July 2020, told TAP, Friday, Tunisian MP, elected on the Italian constituency and environmental activist, Majdi Karabai.

According to Karabai, the Italian Council of State, which is the supreme body of legal and administrative advice to the government, has asked the Italian company "SRA", exporter of Italian waste, to implement the decisions of the Italian province of Campania and especially the decision of the Court of Naples, which ordered it to recover its 282 containers (7800 tonnes) of household waste that arrived illegally from Italy between May and July 2020, within ninety days from December 9th, 2020. But the containers are still in the port of Sousse in Tunisia.

SRA had filed a complaint with the Administrative Court of Naples against the Province of Campania in order to have the latter's decision suspended, but the Court ruled on 9 February 2021 that it is not specialised in such cases. Therefore, the decision of the province of Campania remains in force.

In May 2020, 282 containers of household waste collected by the Italian company SRA (Sviluppo Risorse Ambientali) were shipped to Tunisia via the Tunisian company "Soreplast" without respecting the requirements of international conventions (Basel, Bamaco).

This shipment was the subject of a contract between these two companies concluded in 2019, which does not meet the requirements of the Bamako Convention on the prohibition of the export of hazardous waste of this type (Y 46), to Africa and has not complied with the Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal and the terms of European regulations.

More than a year has passed since the first shipments of Italian waste entered Tunisia and more than 4 months after the end of the deadlines set by the Basel Convention for their re-export to the country of origin, this waste, some of which remained in bulk in the premises of the company Soreplast, is still in the Port of Sousse.

On 16 June 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Othman Jerandi, on a visit to Rome, stressed in a statement to TAP that "the case of the imported Italian waste will be resolved and that there is a consensus between the Tunisian and Italian authorities to find a definitive solution to this case.

"The Italian waste affair was among the issues raised during the meetings held by President Kais Saied with his Italian counterpart and with the President of the Council of Ministers, Mario Draghi," he said at the end of these meetings which are part of the two-day official visit of the Head of State to Rome.

On May 16, 2021, the person entrusted with the file at the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, Hédi Chebili, affirmed, in an interview with TAP, that "the reshipment of Italian containers to their country of origin is only a matter of time".

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