ILVA decree passes House, goes to Senate

Measure received 421 'yes' votes, 21 'no', 49 abstained

ILVA decree passes House, goes to Senate

Rome, December 19 - The House passed the so-called ''ILVA decree'' by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday. The government decree will now go to the senate. The legal measure aims to save Italy's largest steelworks by outlining the conditions - including badly needed clean-up measures - under which ILVA's embattled steel plant in the southern port city of Taranto can continue to operate, despite court injunctions and legal proceedings regarding the alleged deadly impact of the plant's emissions. The bill enabled Italy's troubled technical government, which has been shaken this month by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's political maneuvers, to shore up its majority for the time being. The ''ILVA decree'' passed the Chamber with 421 ''yes'' votes, 21 ''no'' votes and 49 abstentions. The decree is one of two pieces of legislation the technical government seeks to pass into law before stepping down to make way for early elections. The other is the so-called ''Stability Law'', which contains the 2013 budget and a new series of financial reforms.

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