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Italy can't give timing for decision on Atlantia's motorway concession - minister

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Italy can't give timing for decision on Atlantia's motorway concession - minister
FILE PHOTO: Paola De Micheli arrives at Quirinale Presidential Palace, before being sworn in as Italy's transport minister, in Rome, Italy September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca/File Photo   -   Copyright  CIRO DE LUCA(Reuters)
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FLORENCE (Reuters) – Italy’s transport minister said on Thursday the government was not in a position to say when it would decide over the possible revocation of Atlantia’s <ATL.MI> motorway concession.

“Today I am not in a position to give you a date,” Transport Minister Paola De Micheli told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Florence, adding the issue was not a political one.

“Defending the public interest is our lodestar”, she added.

Since the deadly collapse of a motorway bridge operated by Atlantia last year, Italy’s 5-Star Movement has been asking for the revocation of the infrastructure group’s concession.

(Reporting by Silvia Ognibene, writing by Sabina Suzzi, edited by Francesca Landini)