[June 3 2011]
Italy’s Supreme court ruled on June 1 in favor of keeping the referendum scheduled for June 13, which will question the future development and continuation of nuclear energy in Italy. This decision comes after the government imposed by decree a withdrawal on plans to relaunch the nuclear energy sector, thus trying to avoid the referendum and the population’s consultation in this matter – fearing it would be overwhelmingly lost and obliterating hopes of relaunching this sector in the future.
The Democratic Party (central left) and the Greens has now been given justice following numerous appeals to the court in order to prevent the new law from automatically ruling out popular vote and consensus. The collective ‘Vota SI per fermare il nucleare’ (Vote YES to exit nuclear) has reacted by saluting the decision of the Court which has ‘reconducted the question in the context of institutional laws, countering the unacceptable attempt to confiscate democracy’, as detailed by the left daily newspaper La Republicca.