Nobody says so openly, because in the next few days we will sit together again at the table to seek an agreement. But in the government the conviction grows that ArcelorMittal will not back down compared to the plan with 5 thousand redundancies presented last week. It is also difficult for a new criminal shield, which is slippery for the majority, to change the mind of the company. And then the negotiation is kept up because we have to do it and in politics, like in life, you never know. But from Palazzo Chigi, where the situation is judged to be serious, we look up towards an alternative solution, a plan B that does not take into consideration only ArcelorMittal. And that, to revive and support Taranto, you are not looking only at the steelworks of the former Ilva but at the entire city.
On the new version of the criminal shield, not limited to Taranto but extended to all investments that require an impressive environmental recovery activity, the government is holding back. Conte does not want to force parliamentarians, above all he does not want to tear himself with Luigi Di Maio. The meeting with the diehards of the M5S, led by former minister Barbara Lezzi, remains intent, but has not yet been fixed.
At Palazzo Chigi they know that it will not be criminal immunity to make the leaders of ArcelorMittal change their minds, who have not come alive since the first encounter-clash. The problem does not shield him, but as explained by the Apulian undersecretary at Palazzo Chigi, Mario Turco, economic sustainability. Moreover, in the Conte entourage the suspicion that the real goal of the Frankish Indian group, from the moment of the acquisition of the steelworks of Taranto, was to close the plants of an important competitor makes its way.
On the shield it will go on only if the colossus of steel shows the intention to meet the commitments. If it serves to close the new agreement, the votes of the M5S frond could be replaced by those of the opposition, including the League. For Conte 2, however, it would be a setback and so if you really don't need the penal shield will remain in the drawer.
The job on the job site is even more complicated. The government has defined the 5,000 redundancies claimed by ArcelorMittal as unacceptable. And to sit down again at the table, he asks for that number to be more than halved, essentially to go down to two thousand. But this is only the condition to discuss again, not the goal to be achieved, which is even lower. The company remains at 5 thousand and would not move from there. After the blitz of Friday among the workers, the premier meditates a second meeting at the factory. And in anticipation of the decisive face-to-face meeting with ArcelorMittal's top management, scheduled for the week but not yet fixed, Palazzo Chigi's lawyer took some time to study all the papers in detail. The path of a cause between the State and ArcelorMittal remains viable. But it seems likely that Ilva's future is that of a new commissioner, in fact a temporary nationalization as in 2014 with Enrico Bondi. Meanwhile, we are working on a redevelopment of the whole city, with a series of appropriations that should be included in the Budget Law. At Palazzo Chigi, where the prime minister has set up a control room with the competent ministers (Gualteri, Speranza, Provenzano, Patuanelli, Catalfo), ready the multi-year fund for Taranto, 5 or 10 million a year, operating for three years and extendable to five.
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