Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Taranto prosecutor challenges Italian govt in high court


Rome, January 2 - The Taranto prosecutor's office
filed a challenge against the Italian government for its
so-called "ILVA decree" in the Constitutional Court on Monday,
according to court sources.
The prosecutor's office of the southern Italian port city
objects to recent government intervention on behalf of the
deeply troubled ILVA steel plant - Italy's largest - whose
emissions were ruled a toxic menace to public health by the
Taranto court.
The Taranto prosecutor's office claims that a decree passed
by the Italian government, which defines conditions under which
the steel plant can continue to operate, constitutes a conflict
of powers between branches of the State.
Italy's outgoing technical government passed a decree
designed to countermand orders by the Taranto court, which would
have effectively shuttered the plant and left thousands of
workers off-the-job.
Last July, the Taranto court ordered a shutdown of the
plant's smelting areas. Months later, the court also sequestered
manufactured parts awaiting shipment.
ILVA appealed the court's seizure orders on the basis of
the government's decree, which permits plant operation at
partial capacity while ILVA undertakes well-defined clean-up
When the Taranto court rejected ILVA's appeal in late
November, the company declared imminent total shutdown of the
plant, sparking strikes and protest at its facilities in Taranto
and near Genoa.
Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini introduced an
amendment to the government decree designed to overturn the
Taranto court ruling.
The amended decree was overwhelmingly approved by
parliament in December.
The Council Chamber of the Constitutional Court must now
decide whether the Taranto prosecutor's challenge is admissible.
The Taranto prosecutor's office requested urgent review of
the case, but the Constitutional Court is under no prescribed
time-constraints to do so.

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