Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
TARANTO

Prosecutors say 'Save ILVA' decree violates EU charter

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Taranto, January 9 - The Italian government's 'Save
ILVA' decree is a "clear violation" of the Charter of
Fundamental Rights of the European Union, prosecutors say in
their legal challenge to the law.
Prosecutors in the southern port city of Taranto have gone
to Italy's Constitutional Court with their fight against
government efforts to keep open the giant steel mill while it
makes upgrades to meet environmental standards.
The ILVA steel plant, which is Italy's largest, has for
years emitted toxins that endanger public health.
The government's recent decree protecting the troubled
steel mill contravenes EU-guaranteed rights to physical and
mental health, and undermine Italy's international obligations,
the Taranto prosecutors say in their written appeal.
Prosecutors have also claimed that the 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.
Late last year, Italy's outgoing technical government
passed the 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
measures.
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.

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