Italian government to hold emergency ilva steelworks summit

Caretaker premier mario monti to attend

Italian government to hold emergency ilva steelworks summit

(ANSA) – Bari, January 18 – Italian government representatives are to hold an emergency meeting late Friday in Rome to discuss troubled southern Italian steel company ILVA. The meeting, schedule for 7.30 pm local time, was called by Undersecretary of State Antonio Catricala'. Italian caretaker Premier Mario Monti is scheduled to attend. ILVA has been at the centre of legal and labour disputes since last July, when a 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 a government 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. The issue was temporarily resolved after Environment Minister Corrado Clini introduced an amendment to the government decree designed to overturn the Taranto court ruling. The amended decree was overwhelmingly approved by parliament in December. The Constitutional Court must now decide whether the Taranto prosecutor's challenge is admissible. The Taranto prosecutor's office requested urgent review of the case, but the Constitutional Court is under no prescribed time constraints.

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