New threat to Ilva plant as Italy removes immunity for environmental offences

Italian authorities have removed the immunity from criminal charges over environmental offences that was granted to Italian flat steel producer ArcelorMittal Italia, formerly known as Ilva, it was jointly announced by trade unions Fim, Fiom and Uilm on Tuesday October 22.

Article 14 of the so-called “Salva Imprese” decree was repealed by the Italian Senate’s Industry & Labor Commission on October 21, removing immunity from the steelmaker. This change will add further uncertainty to the future of ArcelorMittal Italia, the unions said.
The steelmaker had expressed concerns that the removal of the immunity would create a threat to the continued production of flat steel at the plant in Taranto, southern Italy.
“The repealed provision did not guarantee any penal immunity but was limited to the realization of the environmental plan,” the unions said.



Maria Tanatar

October 23, 2019

15:08 GMT