The environment enters into the Constitution

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By Marco Valsecchi, Editor at LinkedIn News
Updated 1 day ago

The Chamber of Deputies has approved with a majority of two thirds of its members the bill amending Articles 9 and 41 of the Constitution, inserting passages stating that the Italian Republic “protects the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems, in the interest of future generations” and that private economic initiative can not be carried out in a way that may damage the environment. The text had already been approved in first deliberation by both branches of Parliament and in second deliberation by the Senate.
Mind you, the news is extremely important. The protection of the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems enters the #Constitution.

In a rare bipartisan exercise, the Chamber of Deputies has finally approved the proposed constitutional law that amends two articles of the Charter, 9 and 41. The text, which on November 3 had already obtained the green light in the Senate by a majority of two thirds, was voted on second reading by more than two thirds of Parliament, without the need for a constitutional referendum for approval.

The new text of articles 9 and 41

This is how the two articles will change.
Article 9: “The Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research. It protects the landscape and the historical and artistic heritage of the Nation. It protects the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems, also in the interest of future generations. The law of the state regulates the ways and forms of protection of animals”.
Article 41: “Private economic initiative is free. It cannot take place in contrast with social utility or in such a way as to damage security, freedom, human dignity, health, and the environment. The law determines the appropriate programs and controls so that public and private economic activity may be directed and coordinated for social and environmental purposes”.