A government amendment to close the infringement procedure that is still pending on the former Ilva. The modification proposal presented by the executive was approved on Tuesday 18 July in the EU Policies Commission in the Senate, during the conversion of the Salva Infrazioni decree. The rule facilitates the closure of the infringement procedure on the Taranto iron and steel plant for the failure to adopt the measures necessary to reduce the environmental impact of the plant. The amendment was presented by the Minister for European Affairs, Raffaele Fitto, and the Minister of Enterprise, Adolfo Urso.
The criticisms of the opposition
A move that has raised protests from the opposition and, locally, from the mayor of Taranto, Rinaldo Melucci, as well as environmentalists. Despite the dissent, a note from Palazzo Chigi explains that the provision allows for the continuation of modernization and decarbonization activities, unlike what instrumentally supported by some opposition, in implementation of the environmental remediation plan and the requirements of the environmental authorization.
The decarbonization plan
The main novelty to overcome the complicated story on the fate of the former Ilva should also lie in the launch of a decree by the Prime Minister which will define the criteria for implementing decarbonisation projects, with an indication of the maximum terms of implementation. In practice, the decarbonisation plan will be transferred to Palazzo Chigi and will no longer be managed by the ministers of the environment and economic development. In the meantime, Minister Urso underlines: Now we must all concentrate on the real things to do: the industrial recovery plan and the completion of the environmental reconversion process.