Eni to invest eight bn euros in Italy in next four years
Scaroni says Fiat's aim not to invest is a problem for Italy27 September, 16:51
"When I hear that Fiat doesn't invest in Italy, I think that this is a problem for the nation", he said with reference to the carmaker's announced reluctance to make new investments in the euro zone's third-largest economy. Scaroni made the comments in Milan, on the sidelines of Eni's new campaign called "Let's give energy to a new energy".
Scaroni declined to comment on possible asset sales by the Italian government, which holds a controlling stake in Eni.
"What happens over my head, amongst shareholders, is not something I am involved in," he said.
The executive said the possible plan to hike taxes on gasoline sales, as well as a possible valued added tax increase by the government, would curb consumption.
"It's a solution that is used a lot", he said. "Gasoline consumption has been declining for some time now, and I don't think increasing the price will help give this market a growth boost".