Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

M5S Senators demand Italy withdraw from TAV high-speed rail


Turin, May 15 - Senators from Beppe Grillo's
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) demanded Wednesday that
Italy pull out of a controversial rail link project with France.
M5S Senators presented a bill, signed by their entire
caucus, demanding a repeal of the September 2002 treaty that
Italy signed with France for the Turin-Lyon high-speed-rail
M5S, led by comedian-turned-politician Grillo, won around a
quarter of the vote in Italy's general elections in February and
therefore carries significant influence.
Some critics of the rail link, which Italy and France say
they will begin building next year, have staged violent protests
denouncing its high cost and claiming it will cause
environmental damage.
The infrastructure and interior ministers held an emergency
meeting in Turin Tuesday after activists destroyed parts of a
TAV construction site and hurled Molotov cocktails in clashes
with police.
Proponents are promising 1,000 new jobs, lasting about 10
years in total, will be created by the project.
Late last year, Italy's Senate budget committee approved a
10-year allocation of 2.25 billion euros for the rail project.
Both countries say that it is a piece of "strategic" and
"priority" infrastructure for the entire European Union.
Italy has also said the project is an important driver of
economic growth.

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