Riva judge to be asked to quickly release funds
Zanonato says company needs cash to resume production20 September, 11:50
"(Riva) will ask the investigating judge to have (part of) the amounts seized in order to restart productive activity," Zanonato said after meetings that included Bruno Ferrante, senior manager with the Riva family holdings, court-appointed advisor Mario Tagarelli, and Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini.
"We are looking for a path that solves the problem, there is a willingness to do it very quickly," said Zanonato, who described the meetings as "very positive and constructive".
He said the company has assured officials that workers received their August salaries, but now need cash released by the courts to meet September payrolls.
The court recently ordered one billion in assets seized from 13 companies controlled by Riva, which is accused of tax evasion.
Riva is also parent company of the troubled ILVA steel plant in the southern Italian port city of Taranto.
It has been at the centre of a long-running judicial and political drama as courts have moved to force the company to make expensive environmental upgrades to plant, accused of polluting the area and creating health concerns for more than a decade.
The Italian government has been looking for ways, including a possible change to the law, that could help Riva get its plants back to work.