ANNOUNCEMENT 27 May 2021
In May 2021, the European Commission approved a financial grant scheme from Italy to support undertakings operating in the road passenger transport sector.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
SA.62718 ( 2021/N ) COVID-19 - Support to road passenger transport
Official Journal of the European Union, C 223, 11 June 2021
European Commission's decision. SA.62718
SA.100126 COVID-19: Support to road passenger transport (amendment to SA.62718)
Official Journal of the European Union, C 469, 19 November 2021
European Commission's decision SA.100126
SA.101935 COVID-19: Measures to compensate road passenger transport companies (re-introduction SA.100126)
European Commission's decision. SA.101935
On 27 May 2021, the European Commission approved a EUR 20 (USD 24.3) million financial grant scheme from Italy. The aid will support enterprises operating in the road passenger transport service sector by bus. The scheme is in force until 31 December 2021.
Under the scheme, the Directorate-General for road transport of people and goods, for logistics and inter-modality of the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility will be responsible for granting and administering the measure. Grants may not exceed EUR 1.8 million per undertaking.
In this context, the European Commission noted that: 'the measure is liable to distort competition since it strengthens the competitive position of its beneficiaries. It also affects trade between Member States, since those beneficiaries are active in sectors in which intra-Union trade exists.'.
Regardless, the Commission has decided not to raise objections to the aid on the grounds that 'it is compatible with the internal market pursuant to Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.'.
The state aid is approved under the Temporary Framework under the State Aid and its amendments of 1 February 2021. The European Commission adopted the Temporary Framework under the State Aid rules of the European Union on 19 March (see related state act).
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.
On 4 November 2021, the European Commission approved an amendment to the existing scheme raising the budget from EUR 20 million to EUR 25 million. No further modification of the scheme was notified.
On 15 February 2022, the European Commission approved the reintroduction of the present scheme until 30 June 2022. No further modification of the scheme was notified.