Zanonato working urgently to resume Riva Group operations
Industry minister checking whether new measures needed25 September, 18:58
"I will verify (the feasibility of operations) today. And I am doing the work (to understand) whether conditions effectively and concretely exist to immediate immediately resume activities," Zanonato told parliament during Question Time.
The industry minister added that he was also "evaluating the urgent adoption of appropriate initiatives" to revive manufacturing at all of Riva Group sites in case the court's restrictions make production impracticable. The court recently ordered one billion in assets seized from 13 companies controlled by the Riva Group, the parent company of the troubled ILVA steel plant in the southern Italian port city of Taranto, which is the target of various probes.
The Riva Group 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 the ILVA steel plant, accused of polluting the area surrounding it and creating health problems for more than a decade.
The Italian government has been looking for ways, including a possible change to the law, that could help the Riva Group get its plants back to work.