Government Decree “Siluppo Bis” was published yesterday in the Official Gazette (179/2012). As we anticipated in recent days, the Article 34 anticipates of a year the effectiveness of the penalties for the sale of shopping bags which do not comply with the provisions of Law 28/2012; this Law prescribes the use of plastic materials which are not only biodegradable but also compostable according to Regulation EN 13432.
The Law, in full effectiveness from 25 March, also contained an extension of the system of sanctions until December 31st, 2013, in order to allow the producers to adjust production systems and technologies. This extension is now reduced of twelfe months from the Governement Decree 179/2012.
From January 1st, 2013 the marketing of non-compliant bags will be therefore with a fine from 2.500 € to 25.000 €, to be increased up to four times the maximum if the violation should concern large quantities of bags or a value of more than 20 per cent of the turnover of the offender.