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Offbeat after the drama of Genoa, the Italian state resumes the control of the motorways

21:05  10 june  2021
21:05  10 june  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Des véhicules abandonnés sur le viaduc de Gênes, le 15 août 2018, au lendemain de son effondrement qui a fait 43 morts © Valery Ax of the abandoned vehicles on the viaduct of Genoa, on August 15, 2018, in the aftermath of its collapse that made 43 dead

nearly three Years after the deadly collapse of the Genoa Bridge, the Benetton family has accepted Thursday to give up his share in the Italian highways at a public consortium to close a painful chapter in his history.

Vue générale de l'effondrement du viaduc autoroutier de l'A10, le 15 août 2018 à Gênes, dans le nord de l'Italie © provided by AFP General view of the collapse of the A10 motorway viaduct, on August 15, 2018 in Genoa, in the northern Italy

at the end of long dealings on the price of the transaction, the Atlantia Board of Directors, Holding controlled by the Benetton, approved the consortium's offer taken by the Italian Deposit Fund (CDP) for the purchase of 88% in Autostrade Per L'Italia (ASPI).

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Luciano Benetton (à droite) et son fils Alessandro, le 24 avril 2012, à Ponzano Veneto, au nord de Venise © Olivier Morin Luciano Benetton (right) and his son Alessandro, on April 24, 2012, in Ponzano Veneto, north of Venice

since the collapse of the Viaduct of Genoa in August 2018, of which Autostrade is the manager, the family Benetton was under strong pressure to sell his share.

The offer, which values ​​100% autostrade at 9.3 billion euros, had been approved ten days earlier by the shareholders of Atlantia gathered in general assembly.

first network of highways paying in Italy Manager a total of 3,000 km through the country, thus, will be mostly in the fun of the Italian state after being privatized in 1999.

Ironically, it is the leader of the government Italian Mario Draghi, former Treasury Director and Project Manager of a series of privatizations, who then entrusted the reins of self-train to Benetton before resuming 22 years later.

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The Italian state was returned in April on another privatization, taking over the control of the giant steel mill in difficulty ILVA, 26 years after ceded it to the Riva family.

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after the drama of the Morandi bridge, which cost 43 people Atlantia found himself in turmoil because the survey highlighted serious breaches in the interview of the bridge.

The former Government led by Giuseppe Tale had launched a procedure for the possible revocation of Atlantia's motorway concessions, before concluding an agreement with the Benetton in July 2020.

The agreement was a reserved capital increase. At the COP, followed by the self-train exit from Atlantia perimeter and its exchange rating.

This pact also provided for a major maintenance and investment plan and the pressure by 3.4 billion euros in compensation for the collapse of the Genoa Bridge.

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But the negotiations between Atlantia and the State dragged in length, some shareholders of the group opposing what they saw as an "expropriation".

The public consortium, which should resume self-raw at the beginning of 2022, is controlled at 51% by the investment branch of the Deposit Fund, CDP Equity, the remaining 49% being shared by the Blackstone and Macquarie funds.

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for the Benetton family - Equally owner of the clothing chains of the same name, that of autogrill restoration or airports of Rome-, this assignment marks the painful end of its adventure in the Italian highways.

The drama of Genoa has tarnished its image in Italy, where it has been strongly criticized for the lack of investments made in infrastructure.

Failure controls, under-investment, negligence: At the end of nearly three years of investigation, the Italian parquetant made overwhelming conclusions at the end of the Dealer of the Genoa Bridge.

The Morandi motorway bridge, located on an essential axis for exchanges between the south and northern Italy, had collapsed, causing in its fall dozens of vehicles.

"between the inauguration [of the bridge] in 1967 and the collapse - so for 51 years - it was not carried out at the minimum maintenance interventions to strengthen the upholstery of the number 9", which collapsed That day, did the magistrates noted.

The Board of Directors of Atlantia had repeatedly considered the offer submitted by the COP, before resigning to accept it, under the pressure of the Benetton family, which shared its willingness to turn the page. .

signs tensions between the Atlantia direction and its main shareholder (30.2%), Sabrina Benetton, daughter of Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of the died family empire in 2018, slammed the door of the Board of Directors in March .

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