ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYYes
According to Italy, the "The aid scheme has the objective of reducing the cost of combined transport which uses electrified rail transport for at least part of the journey. It consists of a partial payment of the operating costs to logistic companies or to final users of transport services (in the case of a direct contract between the railway undertaking and the final customer). The partial payment corresponds to a part of the external costs avoided compared to road transport. [...] The measure has a duration of one year and its application begins upon the publication of the management decree implementing the provision submitted to the European Commission for approval. [...] The overall allocated budget corresponds to EUR 25.7 millions. [...] The aid will be administrated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and will be disbursed under the form of a direct grant." (para. 3, 7, 13 and 14 letter from the EC to Italy, Brussels 16.12.2011)
Based on the findings of the European Commission, the measure "[...] can potentialy distort competition and affect trade between Member States since it concerns rail freight markets which have been liberalised." (para. 21 letter from the EC to Italy, Brussels 16.12.2011)
In the GTA database the determination of whether a policy instrument discriminates against foreign commercial interests turns on whether it creates or alters the relative treatment of domestic firms versus foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory because the state aid is not available to competing firms outside of the implementing jurisdiction.
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