August 17, 2018 / 1:44 PM / 10 months ago

Italy government united over revoking Autostrade concession - Salvini

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini leaves the site of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

ROME (Reuters) - There is no division in Italy’s government over revoking the concession of toll road operator Autostrade, but the process will take some time, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday.

Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, was responding to reports the ruling coalition was split on the issue following the collapse of a motorway bridge in Genoa this week which killed at least 38 people.

“There is no division. The cabinet approved launching the procedure to withdraw the concession,” Salvini said, adding that the process would take “some weeks or months” and would involve hearing the counter-arguments of Autostrade.

Some other members of the ruling coalition had indicated the government may be considering less drastic action against Autostrade, such as a fine or only revoking the concession for the motorway that collapsed.

Reporting By Gavin Jones, editing by Steve Scherer

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