The Italian governor has asked the country's parliament to freeze Finland's NATO application

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In the opinion of the Italian governor, Finland's NATO membership should be frozen until the situation at Wärtsilä's Trieste unit has been resolved. parliament-jaumlaumldyttaumlmamaumlaumln-suomen-nato-application-1be54fe.jpg” alt=”The Italian governor has asked the country's parliament to submit Finland's NATO application” />

Wärtsilä's plans have been to concentrate the production of four-stroke engines in Vaasa. Karoliina Vuorenmä[email protected] at 19:32

Friuli Venezia Giulia Governor Massimiliano Fedriga has asked the Italian Parliament to freeze the approval of Finland's NATO application. Kauppalehti, which reports on the matter, bases its information on the Italian Il Piccolo.

Engine and power plant manufacturer Wärtsilä has planned to shut down its production in Trieste, Italy, which would potentially lead to the dismissal of 450 employees. Wärtsilä's plans have been to concentrate the production of four-stroke engines in Vaasa.

– Our personnel in Trieste have done an excellent job in the challenging conditions of the last few years. However, we need to concentrate our production in Europe to further improve our competitiveness. I want to emphasize that Italy and Trieste remain very important to Wärtsilä, says Wärtsilä Marine Power director Roger Holm in the company's press release.

According to him, the company's Trieste unit will focus on R&D activities, sales, project management, procurement, and service and training activities in the future.

– Most of our personnel in Trieste are involved in these activities. As we develop future clean solutions for shipping and the energy sector, we explore opportunities for new investments in Trieste related to sustainable fuel technology.

The governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimiliano Fedriga, has asked the Italian parliament to freeze the approval of Finland's NATO application. AOP

In the opinion of the Italian governor, Finland's NATO membership should be frozen until the situation at Wärtsilä's Trieste unit is resolved. According to Kauppalehti, he justifies his view by saying that closing the factory is completely inappropriate for him in a situation where Finland should become Italy's strategic NATO ally.

Fedriga represents Italy's far-right party, the Northern League, which has opposed the expansion of NATO during the war.

Nato invited Finland and Sweden to become members on June 29. Official membership requires that all NATO countries ratify Finland's membership. Reuters

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