Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
LYON

Italy and France sign off on high-speed rail link

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Lyon, December 3 - Italy and France will begin
building the controversial high-speed rail link between Lyon and
Turin in 2014, according to a joint statement from French
President Franois Hollande and Italian Premier Mario Monti
Monday.
According to a statement, issued during a summit meeting
between the two leaders, construction of the high-speed rail,
which has led to violent protests in Italy, is to proceed
"according to the expected schedule".
The new, multi-billion-euro rail line, is seen by the two
countries as "strategic" and a piece of "priority
infrastructure" not just for France and Italy but for the entire
European Union.
After their bilateral meeting, Monti said that the
high-speed rail project, known in Italy as the TAV, is an
important driver of economic growth.
The Italian premier said he and the French president were
"both convinced" that discipline in government spending is
necessary for growth, but that "at the same time it is not
enough.
"What is needed is concrete initiatives, like the one
confirmed today, with a common political will, of the high-speed
link between Turin and Lyon," Monti added.
While the leaders were meeting for their summit Monday,
protesters - including 12 busloads from Italy - gathered in
Lyon.
A delegation of French protesters invited to attend a
meeting with the summit's representatives refused the invitation
after the buses from Italy were delayed at the Italian-French
border while border police performed searches.
Consultations between Italian and French protesters were
underway Monday afternoon.
"We just arrived and are determining what needs to be
done," one activist told ANSA.
No-TAV activists have organized a series of protests
against the rail link throughout Italy over the last few years.
Some have included violent clashes with police and
disruption of highway traffic.
Opponents of the project contest its high cost and impact
on the environment.

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