August 30 2002 – The Italian government’s block on utility price rises will apply to all hikes introduced after August 1 and will run until the end of November, Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini said on Friday.

The block, aimed at taming rising inflation, is expected to concern electricity, gas, water and post charges, although full details were not immediately available.

“The valid tariffs will be those in use before the first of August, 2002,” Fini told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.