The Italian Insider reports, 18 December 2013, on Italy’s ongoing flouting of single market rules and David Cameron’s frustration with the Italian authorities – http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/1304
Here’s what is frustrating Mr Cameron and the European project:
“Well, let me just take this opportunity in order to warn Europeans that Italy’s major contribution to Europe will be to teach their colleagues in other EU member states the two related arts of evading the law and legislating in order to facilitate law evasion at a later date.” – Domenico Pacitti, 26 August 2003.
In the “lettori” foreign lecturers case, Italy has lost over a period of 23 years, 7 cases in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) – but Italy continues its illegal discrimination based on nationality.
To “satisfy” Europe, Italy changed its law in 1995 – law 236.
In 2001 the ECJ ruled that law 236 did not conform to EU law.
Italy changed its law in 2004 – law 63.
“Satisfied” that law 63 conforms to EU law, the ECJ (in 2006) decided not to fine Italy to the tune of €390.750 per day – as requested by the ECJ’s advocate general, Poiares Maduro.
Italy changes its law again, 2010 – law 240, the “Gelmini law” which re-imposes law 236 – already condemned by the ECJ.