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Parliamentary question - E-001736/2021Parliamentary question

Illegal shipment of waste between Italy and Tunisia

Question for written answer  E-001736/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Piernicola Pedicini (Verts/ALE), Rosa D'Amato (Verts/ALE)

This is our second[1] Written Question concerning 282 containers shipped between May and July 2020 by the Italian company SRA to Soreplast, a Tunisian company, containing mixed municipal waste.

The contract stated that the recyclable waste would be recovered for recycling and that the remaining waste would be disposed of in Tunisia. The border authorities did not find materials ready for recycling, but instead found mixed municipal waste.

Judicial investigations were launched in both Tunisia and Italy, resulting in the detention of Tunisia’s Minister of the Environment and the Campania Region called for the repatriation of the containers. Since then, SRA has filed several appeals to regional tribunals blocking the bank guarantees to be used for the repatriation of the shipment.

Article 9 of the Basel Convention requires that the party violating the Convention must take back the waste within 30 days from the time the information came to light.


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