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Parliamentary questions
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12 January 2018
Question for written answer E-000182-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Massimiliano Salini (PPE) , Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  Possible freight traffic restrictions on the Italy-Austria border
 Answer in writing 

The Chair of Conftrasporto-Confcommercio (organisation representing Italian road haulage firms) has expressed his opposition to the Austrian Government’s proposal to reduce freight traffic along the Brenner Pass route. It is a request that Italian companies cannot accept because it would have a number of direct adverse economic effects on the transport and production sector, not only for Italy, but for Europe, too.

Alpine passes are a key junction for EU trade and, in this specific case, most Italian imports and exports pass through the Austrian border crossings.

Can the Commission therefore say:
whether it considers the proposal to contain traffic through the Brenner Pass as being a restriction on the free movement of goods;
whether it agrees that this proposal follows the same principle which led the Commission to recognise the ecopoints system as being an obstacle to the free movement of goods;
whether it intends to take action to prevent the entire logistics and transport system, and particularly the Italian production sector, from being damaged by a measure that does not comply with EU principles and rules?
Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 25 January 2018Legal notice