Association of the Private Committees Resolution
Venice in Peril belongs to the Association of Private Committees for the Protecdtion of Venice. At its annual general meeting on 22-23 October, Venice in Peril tabled the following motion, which was supported by the great majority of the other committees. It was read out by the chairman of the Association of Private Committees, Alvise Zorzi, at the open meeting on 23 October and released to the press. The Gazzettino referred to it in its account of the Association's activities.
"The Association of Private Committees for the Protection of Venice asks that the project of the Venice Port Authority to expand and develop the port of Marghera be submitted urgently to expert scientific examination to ascertain whether it is compatible with Art.3 of Legislative Decree 152/2006 (as amended by Legislative Decree 4/2008), known as the "environmental code", which states that: "Every human activity juridically relevant under the present code must conform to the principle of sustainable development in order to ensure that the satisfaction of the needs of the present generation does not compromise the quality of life and opportunities of future generations".
The law goes on to state: "The activity of the public administration must also be conducted in such a way that the principle of sustainable development can be implemented in the best possible manner. For this reason, in comparative choices involving public and private interests over which there is a degree of discretion, priority must be given to the interest of protecting the environment and the cultural heritage."