Salvini scoffs at 'light TAV' idea

TAV tender launched, EU funding up to 55% - Piedmont governor

(ANSA) - Rome, June 25 - Deputy Premier and League leader Matteo Salvini on Tuesday scoffed at the idea of a "light" version of the controversial TAV high-speed rail line between Turin and Lyon, which would not go through mountains north of Turin but over them.
    "The 'light' TAV? Either a train passes under the mountain or not".
    "Tertium non datur. "I like trains that run.
    "There is an ongoing project, I hope yesterday's lesson the Olympics has served for something." The League's government partner, the 5-Star Movement (M5S), has blocked the TAV citing costs but Salvini is determined to push it through.
    The tender for the Turin-Lyon high-speed rail (TAV) tunnel in Italy was launched on Tuesday with European Union funding for the international stretch rising to 55%, Piedmont Governor Alberto Cirio announced Tuesday.
    Speaking after a Paris meeting of the board of directors of TAV company TELT, he said it was "a historic day".
    He said funding for the national stretch was 50%.
    The TELT board met with the governor and the Mediterranean Corridor coordinator, Iveta Radicova.
    The TAV project has been stalled by disagreements between Italian government partners the 5-Star Movement (M5S), who are against completing it, and the League, who are in favour.
   

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