January 6, 2020 / 6:46 AM / 2 months ago

Italy PM says "serious negligence" on Atlantia's part in bridge collapse-paper

MILAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - An investigation by Italy’s transport ministry into the deadly collapse of a bridge operated by infrastructure group Atlantia has shown “serious and unforgivable acts of negligence”, the country’s PM said in a newspaper interview.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily la Repubblica the government was nearing a decision on whether to revoke Atlantia’s motorway concession after a bridge it operated collapsed in August 2018 killing 43 people in the city of Genoa.

“Clearly such a decision must be founded on a technical and juridical assessment of whether the concessionaire breached its obligations”, Conte said.

“At the stage of the analysis we have reached, I can say that it is evident someone made mistakes and is responsible for serious and unforgivable acts of negligence.”

Atlantia has denied any wrongdoing and said it always acted in compliance with its obligations. It was not immediately possible to reach a company representative for comment.

Reporting by Valentina Za, editing by Giulia Segreti

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