MILAN, May 17 (Reuters) – The Italian government will not remain passive if no market solution materialises for struggling regional bank Carige, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini told Reuters on Friday. A rescue deal for Carige, which was put under temporary administration in January by the European Central Bank, is in disarray after U.S. asset manager BlackRock pulled out of a plan to provide the bulk of a 720 million euro capital injection for the bank.

That could pave the way for a state bailout of the bank if no alternative investors come forward.

“I hope there’ll be a market solution. The priority is to safeguard savers so we will definitely not remain idle,” Salvini said in an interview.

He added that banks, like national