In July 2012, the European Commission approved an Italian financial grant scheme to support companies operating in the transport and logistics sector in certain southern regions. 



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SA.34238. Regional aid scheme for private transport and logistics infrastructure in Italian convergence regions :

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European Commission decision. SA.34238

Inception date: 10 Jul 2012 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2013

Financial grant

On 10 July 2012, the European Commission approved a EUR 20 (USD 24.4) million financial grant scheme from Italy. The aid will support companies that operate in the transport and logistics sector in the following Italian regions: Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily. The scheme will be in force until 31.12.2013.

Under the scheme, grants will be delivered to cover "expenditures on land, buildings, machinery and equipment forming part of an investment project" for the selected infrastructure projects. The Italian authorities specified that "the beneficiaries of the scheme are exclusively consortia, networks or associations of undertakings operating in the transport and logistics sector. The foreseen number of beneficiaries is in the range of 11 to 50". 

In this context, the European Commission noted: "The aid foreseen under this scheme constitutes an economic advantage because it allows the beneficiaries to reduce the costs that they should normally bear in order to develop this type of projects. It may therefore distort or threaten to distort competition".

Regardless, the Commission has decided not to raise objections to the aid on the grounds that "the notified aid scheme is compatible with the internal market pursuant to Article 107(3) (a) TFEU".

The state aid is notified under the following objective: Sectoral development.

A state act in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the financial support granted here is discriminatory.