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Parliamentary questions
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10 July 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tiziana Beghin (NI), Fabio Massimo Castaldo (NI), Mario Furore (NI), Chiara Gemma (NI), Dino Giarrusso (NI), Daniela Rondinelli (NI)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link: possible distortion of competition and conflict of interests for TELT

TELT is the company responsible for the construction and management of the Turin-Lyon high-speed rail line. Title 1, Article 2(1), of its articles of association approved on 1 July 2016 by the French and Italian Governments confer the following tasks on the company:

strategic and operational management of the new Turin-Lyon rail line project, including the design, construction and operation of the cross-border section;

management (in line with Directive 2001/14/EC) of the infrastructure of both this cross-border section and the historic Fréjus line, the existing railway line which the high-speed line is due to replace.

In fact, TELT is at the same time responsible for both the management of the historic railway line and the construction (and in future, the management) of the new high-speed rail line, as well as for setting the charges for use of both lines (Article 25 of the 2012 Italo-French Agreement).

It seems obvious that TELT may have an interest in undermining the smooth running of the historic line in order to drive forward construction of the new line and encourage its use.

In light of the foregoing, can the Commission answer the following:

1. Does the situation set out here constitute an infringement of EU legislation?

2. Does it believe there may be a conflict of interests here for TELT?

3. Does it believe this situation may constitute distortion of competition?


(1)This question is supported by Members other than the authors: Eleonora Evi (NI), Rosa D'Amato (NI)
Original language of question: IT
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