August 20, 2018 / 8:15 AM / 3 months ago

Italy's deputy PM not aware of ad-hoc law to revoke Autostrade concession

FILE PHOTO: Matteo Salvini talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo -

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday said he was not aware of a plan to write a law to revoke concessions held by Autostrade per l’Italia to operate toll highways after the collapse of a bridge in Genoa last week.

Italian daily la Repubblica reported on Monday that the ruling coalition was ready to issue a decree or a law to accelerate the cancellation of Autostrade’s state concession.

“I don’t know. I have not been following the press reports. I have no idea, so I’ll avoid responding,” Salvini told state broadcaster RAI when asked about the Repubblica report.

The government on Friday launched a lengthy bureaucratic and legal procedure to cancel the concessions held by Autostrade, a unit of infrastructure group Atlantia that manages some 3,000 km of Italy’s network, after the bridge collapse killed 43 people.

Reporting by Giulia Segreti, editing by Steve Scherer

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