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Italy to give ArcelorMittal guarantees to avoid Ilva shutdown

Christian Fernsby |
Reuters reported that Italy’s ruling coalition is set to offer ArcelorMittal, legal guarantees to ensure that it does not shut down the Ilva plant it bought last year.

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A government source told Reuters “The government of the right-wing League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement will add the new legal shield to a broader decree on industrial disputes approved by the cabinet on Tuesday.

It will come into force at the end of this month.

The government will offer a temporary and limited protection related to the commitments set out in the clean-up plan.

There is no immunity for deaths at work or for pollution-related illness.”

In late June, the Italian parliament revoked the legal immunity that ArcelorMittal received as part of its purchase of the heavily polluting steel plant, Europe’s largest, which it promised to bring up to required environmental standards.

The multinational has threatened to shut down the plant in the southern city of Taranto unless the legal protection, which ends at midnight on September 6, is restored.

In January, the European Court of Human Rights condemned Italy for failing to protect citizens from the plant, which has been blamed for hundreds of cancer-related deaths.

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