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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2018
Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004328/2018

The Commission is aware of the press reports about the new lounge opened by Alitalia in Rome Fiumicino Airport.

The Commission is continuing its formal investigation procedure into the entire EUR 900 million loan granted by the Italian State to Alitalia. As explained in the replies to written questions E-002971/2018 and E-2240/2018, the Commission is assessing whether that loan constitutes state aid and, if so, whether the relevant conditions for the compatibility of aid to companies in difficulty are met.

The Italian authorities have been asked to provide clarifications about the new lounge, together with the new uniform purchases for Alitalia's crew brought to the Commission's attention in Written Question E-002971/2018. Should the loan constitute state aid, those actions will be carefully evaluated in the light of the Rescue and Restructuring Guidelines, in particular the appropriateness criteria laid down in points 54 et seq.

The Commission is aware of the importance of the case and endeavours to adopt a final decision as promptly as possible in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 (6) of Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 of July 2015 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(1).

(1)According to the Article 9(6) mentioned above ‘Decisions taken pursuant to paragraphs 2 to 5 shall be taken as soon as the doubts referred to in Article 4(4) have been removed. The Commission shall as far as possible endeavour to adopt a decision within a period of 18 months from the opening of the procedure. This time limit may be extended by common agreement between the Commission and the Member State concerned.’ OJ L 248/9, 24.9.2015, p. 9.

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