Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian government to introduce ILVA decree Friday

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Rome, November 29 - The Italian government will
pass a decree on Friday aimed at keeping the troubled ILVA
steelworks plant in southern Italy operational after its
activities were put at risk by a legal and political dispute
involving an environmental upgrade.
The government of Premier Mario Monti is working on a
decree to obtain an Integrated Environmental Authorisation (AIA)
in order to keep the plant operating after prosecutors said the
company would either have to introduce the environmental
measures or face permanent closing.
''The next step is government action, and this will be
carried out through a legal instrument which is the decree'',
Monti said.
''The time frame will be very short, tomorrow, and the
matter will be finalized during the course of the Council of
Ministers meeting".
Monti made the comments at a meeting in Rome held with
ILVA management, regional authorities and workers'
representatives on Thursday.
The government move follows ILVA management's warning on
Monday that a court order for the seizure of steel and
semi-finished products as part of a corruption probe that saw
seven top managers arrested would lead to the ''almost
immediate'' closure of the plant.
It also warned that related operations in other parts of
Italy would also be shut down as a result.
The planned decree could avoid this.
In fact Environment Minister Corrado Clini earlier this
week had said the government was prepared to take on prosecutors
to keep the ILVA plant open.
The Taranto plant's furnaces were placed under special
administration in July following accusations emissions from them
caused abnormally high levels of tumours and respiratory
diseases in the Taranto area.
ILVA workers all over Italy began strike action Tuesday to
protest the prosecutors' actions.
ILVA and the government have been trying to keep the plant
in operation while remediation measures necessary for ILVA to
obtain the AIA are carried out.
Obtaining the order is necessary to help ILVA continue
functioning in the southern city of Taranto, where jobs are
scarce.
Italy's Labor Minister Elsa Fornero on Wednesday expressed
worry about the impact a forced closure of the ILVA steel plant
in Taranto could have on the southern Italian city, adding that
it could lead to some 20,000 job losses.
Also attending the meeting in Rome on Thursday were Italian
Industry Minister Corrado Passera; Environment Minister Corrado
Clini; ILVA Chairman Bruno Ferrante; Puglia region president
Nichi Vendola; Labor Minister Fornero; Industry Ministry
Undersecretary Claudio De Vincenti; and Labor Ministry Michel
Martone.
Representatives of trade unions including the three main
ones, CGIL, CISL and UIL, also attended.

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