EU gives Italy more time for Autostrade reply


BRUSSELS, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The European Commission has given Italy two more weeks to reply to its preliminary assessment that Rome broke EU rules by placing obstacles to a deal between toll-road firm Autostrade and Abertis . "Italy has asked for a two-week extension and we have granted it," Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said on Wednesday. Italy had been due to reply by Thursday, Todd said.

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