MILAN, July 25 Italy's industry minister Flavio
Zanonato has set up a working group that will make every effort
to keep carmaker Fiat's five Italian car factories from
closing, he told an Italian newspaper on Thursday.
Fiat is Italy's largest employer, and loses money in Europe
because of a five-year decline in demand. Italy is mired in its
longest recession since the end of World War II.
After announcing plans to build new models in Italy at the
end of last year, it said earlier this month new investments at
two of its five plants are on hold after a court ruled that part
of Italy's labor statue was unconstitutional.
"I have created a working group for the automotive sector,
and strongly hope Fiat will join," said Industry Minister Flavio
Zanonato to Rome daily Il Messaggero. "Fiat is an asset for this
country. We need to attack and resolve problems surrounding
logistics and other bureaucracy."
(Reporting by Jennifer Clark)