Domenica, 17 Febbraio 2019
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Highway firm to lose concession after disaster - Di Maio


Rome, August 16 - Labour and Industry Minister and
Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio reiterated on Thursday that the
government intends to strip highways company Autostrade per
l'Italia of its concession after Tuesday's bridge-collapse
disaster in Genoa.
On Wednesday Premier Giuseppe Conte said the League-5-Star
Movement (M5S) executive would not wait for the outcome of a
criminal investigation and trial into the collapse before taking
"I confirm the (decision to) withdraw Autostrade's
concession," said M5S leader Di Maio told Radio 24.
"I want to reiterate the government's position, which is that
it is not acceptable for people to die while paying a toll.
"The stock market had already condemned Atlantia, the owner
of Autostrade per l'Italia, before the government announced the
withdrawal of the concession.
"It was clear that those who should have done the maintenance
did not do it".
Experts have expressed doubts about whether the government
can revoke Autostrade per l'Italia's concession without invoking
penalties of many billions of euros.
The company has said it is confident it can show it respected
the conditions of its concession for the Genoa highway, saying
it carried out regular maintenance and safety checks.

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