이탈리아 정부는 22일 국적기 '알리탈리아' 운영을 지속하기 위해 4억8천만 달러의 긴급 대출을 승인했습니다.
로마노 프로디 이탈리아 총리는 이 날 에어프랑스-KLM이 알리탈리아를2억2천만 달러에 인수하겠다는 제의를 철회한 뒤 긴급 회의를 소집했습니다.
당국자들은 이번 대출은 실비오 베르루스코니 차기 총리가 신임 정부를 구성할 때까지 알리탈리아 운영을 지속하기 위한 단기적인 조치라고 밝혔습니다.
Italy's government has approved an emergency 480 million-dollar loan to keep the national air carrier, Alitalia, in business.
Outgoing Prime Minister Romano Prodi called an emergency meeting of his cabinet today (Tuesday) in Rome, after Air France-KLM withdrew its 220 million-dollar offer to buy the struggling Italian airline.
Officials say the loan is a short-term measure designed to keep Alitalia operating until incoming Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is able to form a government.
The Italian government owns 49-point-nine percent of Alitalia.
This emergency loan could come under scrutiny from European Union officials. The European Commission has said that, under EU funding rules, Alitalia is not eligible for additional state aid until 2011, because it already has received money from the government.
Trading in shares of Alitalia was suspended today, and Italian aviation officials warned that the carrier could lose its license if it can not meet financial and safety requirements.