ROME, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Italy's government does not make choices on behalf of Telecom Italia, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Thursday, amid concerns about recent changes to the shareholder structure of the former monopoly network operator.
Asked in Rome whether the government was worried about the fact that French businessman Xavier Niel and French media group Vivendi have been building up stakes in Telecom Italia, Padoan said:
"Telecom is a private company. The government respects decisions that are not its direct responsibility."
Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing Isla Binnie