January, 2018 (PortSEurope) – Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale (AdSP)
In September 2016, the Italian government introduced new legislation to restructure the seaport sector which included the creation of 15 Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale (AdSP) organisations, effectively organisations to oversee one or more ports in any one part of the country. The purpose of the new legislation is to make the Italian port system compatible with a European Union Regulation of 2013.
The AdSP is a state-owned, non-for-profit entity, subject to a specific legislation and regulation and with administrative, organisational, regulatory, fiscal, and financial independence. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation oversees the AdSP and the National Court of Auditors controls its accounts.
Port system activities must accede to energy and environmental sustainability criteria and the relevant European Union directives; eg, the reduction of CO2 emissions is a major planning objective. The law directs the authorities to constantly monitor their planned activities, in order to achieve energy and environmental efficiency targets.
Among the functions to be exercised by the AdSP are:
- the planning, coordination, regulation, promotion, and control of port operations and services, including the issuance of authorizations of use and concessions for commercial and industrial activities;
- the maintenance of common areas of the ports, including the seabed;
- coordination of the administrative activities of other entities and public organs located port and seaside areas.
The Management Committee, one of the main bodies of the AdSP, is appointed and presided over by the President and exercises the power to grant concessions for periods not to exceed four years; the Management Committee is also in charge of hiring minor ordinary maintenance and construction workers. Management Committee members include representatives appointed by regional and local authorities. The Management Committee appoints a Secretary General, upon the proposal of the President. The AdSP may establish a decentralized administrative office in each region whose officers perform the responsibilities of the Management Committee in that region for a four-year term that may be renewed once.
Currently, there 25 AdSPs.
Further information can be found at Gazzetta Ufficiale.
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