Italian judge rules 'Save ILVA' decree unconstitutional

'Law conflicts with separation of State powers'

Italian judge rules 'Save ILVA' decree unconstitutional

Taranto, January 22 - A judge in Taranto ruled that the Italian government's 'Save ILVA' decree, passed as part of efforts to avoid a closure of the ILVA steelworks, violates some articles of Italy's Constitution. In a statement Tuesday, Patrizia Todisco said two of the law's articles "are in strident contrast with the Constitutional principle of separation of the State's powers". A law decree passed late last year was designed to make it possible for the embattled steel plant to continue operating while it conducts much-needed clean-up measures. But rather than implementing the decree, the Taranto prosecutor's office this month filed a complaint in Constitutional Court against the government for conflict of powers between judiciary and State as well as violation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. On January 21 Italy's environment minister and the ILVA steel company publicly pressed for the Taranto judiciary to release its grip on the embattled ILVA steel plant in the Italian southern port city.

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