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EU court clears Italian region’s ban on windmills in national parks

Luxembourg – Banning the building of wind turbines in a national park does not breach European Union law, the bloc’s top court ruled on Thursday, in a case involving the southern Italian region of Puglia.

A company wishing to erect a commercial wind farm in the Alta Murgia National Park had appealed before a local court against the regional law which prevented it from doing so.

But the Court of Justice, to which Italian magistrates had referred the case, ruled that a total ban on the construction of wind turbines in areas covered by Natura 2000, the EU’s environmental protection directive, is in principle legal.