SPEAKING UP: Luciano Benetton has opened up about his family business’ alleged involvement in an environmental disaster, which hit the city of Genoa in August last year.
In an interview with Italy’s newspaper La Repubblica on Sunday, the entrepreneur, 84, said “the ethic of responsibility, modernity and respect for the rules are not discretionary, instead they are the condition for survival for any entrepreneur. The bridges’ maintenance and the investments on the highways are mandatory by context rather than by a free intellectual choice.”
As reported, in August, a section of the city’s Morandi bridge collapsed, leading to 43 deaths, hundreds of evacuees and much structural damage. Opened in 1967 and part of the A10 highway linking the French and Italian rivieras, the bridge was maintained and operated by Autostrade Per l’Italia. This is the prime Italian highway player and is 88 percent owned by infrastructure company Atlantia. The Benettons’ family holding company Edizione controls 30.25 percent of Atlantia.
“Believe me, anyone who knows us a bit, has never doubted us, everybody knows we’re not part of that kind of capitalism [stuck] between politics and dishonesty,” Benetton is quoted as saying, adding he has long questioned the conduct of Autostrade Per l’Italia. “I’m sure about
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