According to the European Parliament president, David Sassoli, Italy has written to the European Union in order to state that they vow to complete a railway link with France.
The project was deemed to be very controversial, with the link including a 58-km tunnel going right through the Alps. The project has been partly funded by the EU, and Sassoli has deemed the Italians’ commitment to the project as “good news” through a post on Twitter on Saturday.
The project which is set to link the French city of Lyon with the northern Italian city of Turin, has resulted in plenty of different opinions within the Italian governing regime, which is currently operating in a coalition.
Whilst the League is in favour of the link, dubbing it Treno Alta Velocità, the party which is in coalition with the League, the 5-Star Movement, has been against the project for a long time, stating that the government should focus on upgrading and revamping the existing transport network, rather than simply forming new railways.
Earlier on this week, the current Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, suggested that works on the railway network should be unblocked, after stating that by blocking the work on the railway link, the Italian government would suffer more than if they were to complete it.
The EU had to set a deadline for Italy’s response to the project, and the deadline of July 26 was met.
However, a large protest in Piedmont was held on Saturday against the project, with this being the area where the main railway tunnel is being excavated and prepared.
The police were forced to fire tear gas when a group of protesters tried to force security blocks and reach the entrance to the construction site.