Riva Acciaio announces all Italian plants' activity halted
Operations stopped in 7 plants involved in seizures12 September, 18:18
The recent court-ordered seizures involved 916 million euros in assets and bank account holdings by the Italian finance police earlier this month as part of a probe into possible environmental damage caused by ILVA. The seizures were carried out Tuesday this week at 13 companies connected with the Riva Group, parent company of the southern Italian ILVA steel mill, the largest iron and steel producer in Italy, and the fourth largest in Europe. Police seizures were carried out in cities from Rome to Milan, Genoa to Cagliari, Modena to Bari, Naples, Lecco and Bergamo. Assets seized were evenly divided between goods and property, worth more than 456 million euros, and financial holdings including stocks and bonds. As well, about 100 vehicles were seized.
Earlier in the day the Riva group had told trade unions it was laying off some 1,500 employees working in 13 companies it controls as of Friday this week.