Notice to Shareholders

12/13/2002 - 09:30 AM

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Registered Office in Milan, Piazza degli Affari, 2
Corporate Headquarters, Secondary Office in Rome, Corso d’Italia, 41
Capital Stock Euro 4,023,367,318.30, fully paid in
Tax/VAT Code and Milan Company Register number no. 00471850016      

        Communication in accordance with Article 84 of the Regulation          approved by CONSOB resolution 11971 of 14th May 1999                 and subsequent modifications and integrations.We herewith inform you that the Meeting of Shareholders held on 12th December 2002 has, among others, resolved to pay Shareholders a dividend calculated on the basis of 0.1357 euros per share, on the ordinary and savings shares.The dividend, which is represented by coupon no.7 for both categories of shares, will be made available for payment through the authorised intermediaries as from 19th December 2002 with detachment date on the 16th December 2002.Under Article 14 of Presidential Decree 917/1986 as amended, the dividend will entitle Shareholders to a tax credit of 56.25% with no restrictions on its use.In cases where shares that have not yet been dematerialised are involved,Shareholders must deliver the certificates to an authorised intermediary forinput into the centralised system of management, in accordance with current regulations.