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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2019
P-001841-19
Question for written answer P-001841-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Follow-up to written questions E-001549-19 and E-001269-19 — Alitalia one-month extension up to 30 April for Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) bid
 Answer in writing 

The deadline for the submission of the bid expired on 31 March. That date was already an extension of the initial deadline of 31 January 2019, which was set by the special commissioners after the submission of the FS bid, received on 31 October 2018. The special commissioners, Daniele Discepolo, Enrico Laghi and Stefano Paleari notified the railway company (fully owned by the Ministry of Economy) of the extension after hearing the Ministry of Economic Development(1).

Can the Commission say:
1. How long can Commissioner Vestager wait for a case of state aid notified as a ‘bailout’ (aim: to keep a failed company afloat for six months) when more than a year has now gone by since the start of the Commission investigation?
2. Does it think that to give yet more time, money and aircraft to Alitalia, paid for in part by the state, is fair competition for other competing airlines?

The state wants to partly renationalise(2) Alitalia — a decision that was even criticised by former minister Calenda(3) on TV on 8 April(4). According to the former minister, when he left office the bridge loan was intact. He has accused the state of wasting yet more public money, belonging to 67 million Italians, to save some of Alitalia’s 12 000 employees.

3. How much is left of the EUR 900 million bridge loan? If that money has been used, can the Commission say for what it has been used?

(1)https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/notizie/2019-04-04/alitalia-proroga-un-mese-fino-30-aprile-l-offerta-fs-194042.shtml?uuid=ABd1n7kB
(2)https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/notizie/2019-04-04/alitalia-proroga-un-mese-fino-30-aprile-l-offerta-fs-194042.shtml?uuid=ABd1n7kB
(3)https://twitter.com/CarloCalenda/status/1115261785844649984
(4)http://www.la7.it/omnibus/video/calenda-pd-la-nazionalizzazione-di-alitalia-non-si-può-sentire-ho-detto-a-di-maio-cosa-avrebbe-08-04-2019-268312

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 29 April 2019Legal notice