Tension eases as compromise reached in Italy over TAV

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Tension within the Italian government has eased, at least for the moment, after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte came up with a compromise over whether to continue with the TAV Turin-Lyon high-speed rail project from plunging the executive into crisis.

Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio’s 5-Star Movement (M5S) wants the project ditched but fellow Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini insists it should go ahead.

The issue looked set to come to a showdown due to Monday’s deadline for the launch of calls for tenders for three batches of work in relation to the project.

But at the weekend Conte told TELT, the Italian-French company building the TAV tunnel, that the call for tenders could be launched but activity implicating financial commitments from Rome should not begin until Italy has renegotiated the agreement for the project.



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