Agri-environmental Services in the Italian and European Legal System: Qualification Issues - The paper exams the relationship between agriculture and environment that has been implemented by the European Community. The changing of the role of the agriculture in society is functional to the European goal of reinforcement of the economic and social cohesion, increasing the traditional attitude of the prime sector to collect different interests. Nearby the principal activities there are now environmental services, i.e. running and maintenance of woods and forest areas. According to national and European Law, some of those environmental services can be considered public services performed for general interests. For the Author, there are two categories of environmental services. One includes those services that are carried out by agri-businesses "widely identified" (i.e. activities due to articles 9 and 17 of the Italian Law n. 97/1994 and articles 14, par. 3 and 15, par. 2 of the legislative decree n. 228/2001, and due to the European regulation n. 1782/2003); the second category includes environmental services that are foreseen by the European regulation n. 1698/2005, and are performed by farmers only when are useful for environmental goals.
Parole chiave: agricoltura, ambiente, servizi ambientali, legislazione nazionale e comunitaria.
Key words: Agricultural, Environment, Environmental Services, National and European Law.