August 23, 2018 / 7:20 AM / 3 months ago

Italy's Salvini says against nationalising motorways, raps Atlantia

ROME, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Thursday he was against nationalising the country’s motorway network but that a mix of public and private management could be considered.

Some members of the coalition, made up of Salvini’s right-wing League party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, have suggested the motorways should be nationalised in the wake of last week’s collapse of a bridge in Genoa that killed 43 people.

“I am not in favour of nationalisations,” Salvini said in a radio interview, but he added that the terms of state concessions needed to be reviewed and that he was open to the possibility of “a mix of public and private management.”

Salvini also attacked infrastructure group Atlantia , which controls toll-road operator Autostrade per l’Italia, saying he was “more disconcerted every day by the attitude” of the company, after its said it wanted to look at the impact of politicians’ comments on its share price.

Reporting By Gavin Jones, editing by Giulia Segreti

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