Rome, Italy (PortSEurope) December 1, 2020 – After a long dialogue with the EU, the European Commission has agreed a path proposed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) to ensure maritime territorial continuity. The public service requirements relating to three connections covered by the agreement with CIN SpA will be guaranteed by the free market. As a result of a preliminary investigation carried out
by MIT, it emerged that on the Naples-Palermo (freight and passengers), Ravenna-Catania and Livorno-Cagliari (freight only) lines, free economic initiative is suitable for guaranteeing the needs of public and there is a greater need to keep public intervention measures alive. The preliminary results of the market test, on the other hand, demonstrated the need to continue to intervene to guarantee the performance of services on the connection line with the Tremiti islands and on the Civitavecchia-Cagliari-Arbatax line, where market failure conditions persist. The related tender procedures for service contracts will be announced in a short time, in order to award the services within the terms set by the law of extension. For the other connection lines, further investigations are underway to identify the best model for managing public service needs. By 15 December, MIT will send the final results of the investigation to the European Commission, the Transport Regulatory Authority and the Competition and Market Authority. Source: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Italy)
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