Zanonato says Eni share sale possible but not certain
Sale of part of government's stake in energy giant under debate29 October, 12:01
Cabinet is debating the sale of a 4% stake in the oil and gas company, he confirmed.
But at this point, such a deal "is all speculation?a decision has not yet been taken".
The Italian government has been considering selling its holdings in some companies by the end of this year as a way of raising cash to pay down its massive debt, which has swelled to about 133% of gross domestic product (GDP).
The government is the largest single shareholder in Eni, with a 30% stake, and the sale of a 4% chunk would raise about 2.6 billion euros.
But Zanonato said considerations before any deal is made would include whether shares can be sold without losing control over the company.