We are most grateful to Conservative MP for East Hampshire Mr Damian Hinds, who serves on the UK Parliamentary Education Committee, for continuing to seek guarantees from the government on its commitment to ensuring equal treatment and the application of European Court of Justice rulings in Italy.
See Minister Lidington’s reply to Mr Hinds dated 26 February 2011 Hinds – Lidington
His letter refers to article 26 of Italian law 240 which “extinguishes” pending legal cases of lettori in Italy. There was a huge furore in the UK parliament over what some see excessive interference from European Courts. The UK government pledges to uphold its Treaty obligations – it should be equally vigilant in seeing that Italy does the same. Under EU law the European Court of Justice rules on principles of law and leaves the member states to implement. Far from doing so – the Berlusconi government has legislated in order to prevent, rather than implement, the application of the ECJ rulings. Unprecedented in the history of the EU. A very dangerous precedent for the future of the European Union.