Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Constitutional Court shoots down ILVA prosecutors' petition

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Rome, February 13 - Petitions challenging the
government's 'Save ILVA' law brought by Taranto prosecutors were
rejected Wednesday by Italy's Constitutional Court.
The court ruled as inadmissible two petitions claiming the
Italian government had overstepped its jurisdictional boundaries
in attempting to support the troubled ILVA steelworks.
The ruling was based on the likelihood the law will
ultimately be appealed, explained the Constitutional Court,
adding that the matter will continue to be heard in April.
Prosecutors had claimed the government went too far with
its law passed late last year which allows ILVA to remain in
production while much-needed environmental upgrades are carried
out.
The court rejected prosecutors' claim that the law, as well
as the government decree that preceded it, each involved a
conflict between the powers of government and the judiciary.
Prosecutors have been attempting since last summer to close
the polluting steel plant, deemed a health hazard, while labour
unions and the government have been fighting to save it and its
20,000 related jobs.
In another move against the company, late last month, the
local courts ordered the seizure of steel and semi-finished
products from the plant pending the Constitutional Court ruling.
The products, weighing in the region of 1.8 million tonnes
and worth a billion euros, were left lying on the company docks.
In response, ILVA's president warned that if the plant, in
the southern port city of Taranto, was not fully reopened, as
many as 8,000 workers could be placed on indefinite leave.

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