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Parliamentary questions
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20 May 2021
E-002737/2021
Question for written answer  E-002737/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Giuseppe Ferrandino (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Approval of planned aid measures for the rail freight sector 

Under Decree-Law No 34 of 2020, Italy introduced support to the tune of EUR 70 million for 2020 and EUR 80 million per year up to the year 2034 for companies providing rail passenger and freight transport services without any public service obligations. DL 104 has made provision to extend this support, within the limits of the remaining resources, to the same beneficiaries, because of the effects on the economy up to December 2020, subject to the Commission’s declaration of compatibility under Article 108 of the TFEU. To date, however, the Commission has approved only the passenger transport measure, but not the freight measure. Between February and April 2020 (ISTAT data), production levels fell by 23.2% and the overall index, which was already on a downward trend of 42.5% in April 2020, was still declining in December 2020 (-2%). The contraction of production had led to company losses of 55 million in turnover as at July 2020.

In view of this:

1. What are the reasons for the delays in assessing the freight transport support measure?

2. When could a decision reasonably be expected?

3. Should the Commission decide not to authorise this measure, what support instruments will it adopt?

Original language of question: IT
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