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April 28, 2020

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Taxation of port authorities, anCI urges Minister De Micheli to take action at the EU

The association urges to leave out waiting positions harmful to the entire Italian port system

The National Association of Port Companies (ANCIP) welcomed the announcement by the Port Authority of Bilbao to have decided to appeal the EU's decision European Government declaring the tax breaks received by the port Spanish contrary to the rules of the Treaty on Operation EU, considering them in all respects to be non-EU state aid Compatible with the European internal market.

Recalling that a similar decision relates to the taxation of Italy, an ANCIP recalled that it had always supported misjudgment of the Directorate-General for Competition "which- explained the association - would like generically equating our Port System Authorities with companies and, therefore, demand the payment of tax from them (IRES) and that the current "exemption" would be a selective advantage enjoyed by the same institutions in the unspecified subjects. We reiterated this strongly - also recalled the ANCIP in a note signed by the President Luca Grilli - both with our delegation in Brussels last November 19th with both a long and detailed note sent 14 February c.a. to the Commission itself, that AdSPs are entities non-economic public for which it is not even conceivable the passage under private control, as well as the Regions and every local authority, and to which ex lege is barred of all economic activity including the provision of services exemption to the payment of the IRES is applied to the port authorities. all public administrations, including public bodies non-economic of national importance.'

"With this," continued the National Association Port Companies - we certainly don't want to be unseeded due to the dispute, but make an appeal to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Paola De Micheli, to the Committee on experts she appointed and to Assoporti to be adopted every measure and taken every useful action, even European Court of Justice, so that our public port system is being protected and certainly not overturned decision that is totally erroneous both at the formal and Substantial. Unfortunately - complained the ANCIP - to date we have witnessed widespread immobility that caused major missed opportunities to assert our rightful reason. With Europe needs to be talked about forcefully and, above all, consistently, and certainly not take a wait-and-see attitude towards EU Commission decisions, as some of the EU Commission's decisions suggest today exponent of Assoporti.'

"Today as an Italian state, especially in this context pandemic, serious and etiative - concluded the association - we have a unique opportunity to change the EU Commission's mind, given and considering that it is rethinking many of its policies, including respect for state aid. So we trust that our appeal does not fall into a vacuum and for the minister to take action immediately leaving out waiting positions that to the evidence are harmful to the entire Italian port system."

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