Rome, Italy (PortSEurope) April 19, 2018 – Deputy of the Democratic Party, Debora Serracchiani, has called for the government to protect the competitiveness of the port system, in the light of DG Competition, a division of the European Commission which deals with competition, and which has sent a communication to Italy threatening to start infringement procedures against Italian ports, claiming unfair competition against other European ports.
“It is quite clear that if this passes through Brussels, the authorities (AdSPs) of the port system should apply higher concession and licensing fees, to the detriment of the companies that work in the ports, creating serious difficulties at all Italian ports. In short, it would be a real fiscal punishment that would provoke not only a loss of competitiveness of our ports but be capable of bringing the entire Italian port system to its knees: therefore, in addition to the technical bodies that are already working at this time, it is necessary to express a broad political will to defend legitimate national interests”, she added.
“We cannot avoid pointing out that the request for clarification came at a particular moment of the Italian political situation, in the aftermath of elections, in the presence of a resigning government and during consultations for a new government, and that Italy would have only one month to provide the appropriate clarifications. And at the same time, beyond the questionable technical merit, we must also highlight that the blow would be dealt with just while the effects of the current reform law are being implemented, which has objectively re-launched the Italian port system and put the most dynamic airports in Italy in direct competition with the ports of Northern Europe”, Serracchiani concluded.
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