June 4, 2019 / 10:13 AM / 14 days ago

Italy's Di Maio says confident of League deal over building code

FILE PHOTO: Italian Deputy Prime Minister and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio leaves after casting his vote in the European election in Pomigliano d'Arco, Italy May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca

ROME (Reuters) - Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday he was confident of reaching a deal with his League coalition partner over a disputed new building code, which has fuelled tensions within the government.

“I am sure we will come to a shared and sensible solution,” Di Maio said in a statement.

The League wants to suspend rules governing public tenders in the construction industry for two years, to kickstart building activity and stimulate the economy. But Di Maio’s 5-Star Movement sees this as a corruption risk.

5-Star Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said earlier on Tuesday that the League might be using the building code as a pretext to bring down the coalition.

Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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