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Italy – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health

May 10, 2017


Resolutions by Cities to Halt 5G

  • 405 Municipalities

  • 255 Mayors

  • 2 Regions

In Italy the Italian Stop 5G Alliance has worked hard to raise awareness about 5G and call for a halt to experimentation. The Alliance has held a press conference in parliament at the Senate of the Italian Republic, participated in the national workshop ‘Electrosmog, electrosensitivity, 5G’ with the Italian Electrosensitive Association and several scientific experts.

2019: 4th Brain Tumor Case in Italy where a worker is compensated for tumors linked to cell phone radiation.  In January 2019, a Court in Monza recognized an occupational disease in a former airport employee, who developed acoustic neuroma and was left permanently incapacitated.

2019: Florence approves precautionary stance on 5G.

2019: XII Municipality of Rome votes against 5G.  

With 11 votes in favor and 3 abstentions, the XII Municipality of Roma Capitale has deliberated against the experimentation. A large slice of the city of Rome therefore wants to avoid fifth generation wireless, creating a ‘5G free’ hole in the Portuense, Gianicolense and Monteverde areas up to Maccarese and Castel di Guido: “We ask the mayor to stop the 5G trial and not to raise the limit values in the threshold of electromagnetic radiation avoiding the positioning of groups of mini-millimeter microwave antennas on homes, schools, day centers, recreation centers, street lamps and more “, is written in the approved text.”

    • This action was followed by a National Stop 5G conference n Milan, promoted by the Italian Electrosensitive Association with speakers including Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi of the Ramazzini Institute, Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Stefano Bertone, one of the lawyers who represented the plaintiff involved in the landmark cell phone case that recognized a causal role between cell phone use and tumor development.


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2019: Court orders school in Florence  -the Botticelli Comprehensive Institute- to turn off the Wi-Fi to protect health of child. In March 2019 a Court hearing will determine if the Wi-Fi should remain off in the school.


Accordingto IlFattoQuotidianon News “In Florence, the court will turn off the Wifi at school. An extraordinarily innovative act” January 28, 2019

  • “There is an unheard-of altera parte – reads the order notified to the school manager – that the Botticelli Comprehensive Institute removes immediately the WiFi systems in the institute “.
  • “Internet service can be guaranteed by the institute also through systems that do not produce electrosmog, without the use of wireless Wi-Fi”, clearly pointing to the vision of the Decree 11 January 2017 issued by former Minister for the Environment Gian Luca Galletti who, on the subject of indoor pollution for the offices of the public administration, ordered the replacement of Wi-Fi with the safest wiring, ie the cable connection already provided several virtuous schools of Italy (2013 motion of the Regional Council of Piedmont, 2015 motion of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, while the City of Brescia has then wired those in its municipality as well as, among the controversy of those who diverted the heart of the problem, in a prudential manner the mayor of Borgo Franco d’Ivrea made his classrooms electrosmog free).


2019: Italian Court Orders Italian Government to Launch Awareness Campaign on Cell Phone Radiation

An Italian court has ordered the government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones to begin by July 16. A citizens group called APPLE (Association for the Prevention of and Fight Against Electrosmog)  sued to force the government to act.

Joint press release on Court decision between the Ministry of the Environment, Education and Health, January 16, 2019

  • “The Lazio Regional Administrative Court, welcoming the appeal of the Association for the prevention and fight against electrosmog, asks the Ministries of Environment, Health and Education, University and Research to arrange to adopt an information campaign on correct use of mobile phones. The three ministries welcome the judicial decision, convinced of the need to raise awareness on the issue and to promote prevention measures.The ministries are already at work for the establishment of a joint table that will have the purpose of following up what has been decided by the administrative judges.”

News coverage on the court decision

2018: The City Council of Bologna unanimously approved an initiative to inform the public about the health risks of cell phone and wireless radiation in light of the NTP and Ramazzini Institute studies.  
According to news reports the action calls for the Council to:

  • Inform the public about the health risks of cell phone and wireless radiation
  • Invite mayor Virginio Merola and the junta “to take action, including with the Emilia-Romagna Region, with the Ausl and the competent institutions, through appropriate communication channels, to launch a public information campaign, so that the population citizen is aware of the risks involved in using mobile phones inappropriately. “
  • Proposes to the mayor “to request a commitment in this sense also to telephone companies”.

Read June 26, 2018 News Report “The telephone companies inform about the risks of the mobile phone”: the appeal from Bologna”

2017: Decree of the Environment Minister has recommendations on reducing EMF.

Section of the Decree recommends reducing exposure to indoor electromagnetic pollution

  • Reduce low frequency magnetic fields: “In order to reduce as far as possible the indoor exposure to low frequency magnetic fields (ELFs) induced by electrical panels, uprights, conductor dorsals, etc.” the design of the plants must provide that meters and electric panels are  outside the building and take measures to reduce levels.  
  • Reduce Radio frequency radiation: Reduce as much as possible the indoor exposure to high-frequency magnetic fields (RF)  equip  with alternative data transfer systems to wi-fi, eg. cable connection or Powerline communication (PLC) technology.  
  • This was started by a Communication by ECC (COM(2003) 302),   to European Parliament  about: Integrated Product Policy: Develop the concept of “environmental lifecycle.
  • Read the 2017 Decree of the Environment Minister page 20-21.


2016: Mayor of Borgofranco d’Ivrea ordered Wi-Fi to be turned off in schools. “Mayor Livio Tola told the town’s high school and elementary school to return to using cables to connect to the internet after reading that the electromagnetic waves given off by wireless routers were especially harmful to young children.”

2017: The Italian Court of Ivrea ruling recognizes causal link between cellphone use and brain tumor.

2015: State Parliament of South Tyrol voted to reconfirm the precautionary principle: The State Government was mandated:

2012 Italian Supreme Court Ruling: Man’s brain tumor was caused by his cell phone use.

  • To ban wifi in school and install a wired system for the use of internet and reject the request of the local government (Municipality) to install an antenna on the school roof for the wireless signal providing for the “Wireless city” program.
  • The resolution also asks the Municipality to install the antenna at a reasonable distance from school.

The Piemonte Region Council adopted a resolution to limit EMF exposure by limiting the use of wifi in schools and be considerate to the problem of EHS people.

The Italian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics has officially called to prohibit cell phones for children under 10 years old.

  • Giuseppe Di Mauro, president of the Italian Society of social and preventive pediatrics [Società italiana di pediatria preventiva e sociale (] “We do not know all the consequences associated with cell phone use, but excessive use could can lead to  concentration and memory loss, increase in aggressiveness and sleep disturbances.” and he cites electromagnetic fields stating“The damage to health are increasingly evident”
  • Il Tirreno Tuscany News Article – “Pediatricians: Phone Alarm for Kids”

2016 – Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino laid out plans “to cut back on Wi-Fi in state schools and government buildings over concerns that radiation might damage people’s health”.