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Parliamentary questions
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27 July 2021
E-002737/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002737/2021

The Commission services are in contact with the Italian authorities concerning the planned measures to support rail freight operators . However, to date, the Commission has not received a notification from the Italian authorities on the planned measures. Once it has received a complete notification, the Commission will assess the measures with utmost priority, as it does with all COVID-19 related measures.

It is up to Member States to design measures to support undertakings in accordance with state aid rules. Member States may, under Article 107(2)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, grant damage compensation to companies to make good the damage directly caused by the COVID-19 outbreak as a result of the imposition of governmental travel restrictions. On 19 March 2020, the Commission adopted the Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak(1) that sets out the possibilities Member States have under state aid rules to ensure liquidity and access to finance for undertakings.

(1)Communication from the Commission of 19 March 2020 — Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (OJ C 91I, 20.3.2020, p. 1). The Temporary Framework was amended on 3 April, 8 May, 29 June, 13 October 2020 and on 28 January 2021.
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