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Italy to raise up to 12 bln euros from privatisations- PM Letta

ROME, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Italy will sell stakes in public companies including oil and gas company Eni to raise up to 12 billion euros ($16.16 billion) and help cut public debt, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Thursday.

Company holdings to be sold include STMicroelectronics , shipbuilder Fincantieri, air traffic controller Enav, and 3 percent of Eni, though Italy will keep its overall stake in the energy company above 30 percent, Letta said.

Letta told reporters after a cabinet meeting that half of the amount raised from the sales would be used to reduce Italy's debt, and added that he hoped this would help win more leeway from the European Commission on investments.