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03 June 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 04:17 GMT+2

May 18, 2020

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EU approves development grants intermodity in the Genoa node

Nine million euros to promote the transfer of goods from the road to the railway

On Friday, the European Commission, under EU rules in state aid, approved measures taken by the government Promoting the transfer of freight from the road to the railway in Genoa following the collapse of the Morandi Bridge August 2018.

The measures, which are required by law 130 of 16 November 2018 and will last until the end of 2020, aim to maintain or increase the share of goods transported by rail to and from the Genoa. The aid, worth nine million euros, takes on the form of grants for logistics companies and multi-modal transport operators with the aim of encouraging the use of rail transport and intermodal solutions in the context severe infrastructure disruptions on the rail network. In addition, support will be granted, in the form of Outside The Port and Rail Services, the dealership of railway manoeuvres in the port of Genoa, for to compensate for the additional costs incurred due to the disruption Infrastructure. Public support will be provided relation to rail freight services and 15 months after the bridge collapsed.

In particular, the decision stipulates that beneficiaries: the doubling of the national Ferrobonus up to five euros per kilometre train from 15 August 2019 to 31 December 2019 on all trains originating and destination the node Genoa; Ferrobonus financed with the Authority's own resources Port System of the Western Ligurian Sea, up to four euros kilometre train on all trains originating and destination Strategic retro port sites included in the Logistics Zone Simplified port system, contribution that covered 13 months (November 2018 to December 2019 for a maximum value of 3.2 million euros); contribution (up to 200 euros per translation), always funded with resources from the System Authority Port to compensate the dealership company for any higher costs of railway manoeuvre in the Sampierdarena basin

The European Commission has concluded that the measures are compliant EU state aid rules, in particular Commission's 2008 guidelines on state aid to railway companies.

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