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Parliamentary questions
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21 June 2020
P-003693/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ignazio Corrao (NI), Piernicola Pedicini (NI), Rosa D'Amato (NI)
 Subject: Collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa and termination of concession agreement with the Benetton family

According to the Financial Times, Atlantia, the Italian infrastructure company controlled by the Benetton family, has asked the Vice-President of the Commission, Mr Dombrovskis, to intervene in the dispute over the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, in which 43 people were killed in August 2018, and has accused the Italian Government of infringing EU law.

The bridge collapse would appear to be the responsibility of the companies involved by Atlantia in the management and maintenance of the Italian motorway network.

Following the tragedy, the Italian Government had promised to revoke the Autostrade motorway concessions, and has up to 30 June to decide whether to cancel the concession agreement with the Benetton family, in the wake of the relevant law passed in early 2020.

That law would allow the government to terminate the Autostrade concessions ahead of their expiry date in 2038 without having to pay a EUR 23 billion penalty for doing so.

Given that investment in infrastructure is a key pillar in developing the Italian economy, and in view of the forthcoming transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/1936, could the Commission give its opinion on:

1. the events surrounding the collapse of the Genoa bridge;

2. whether it might be possible to make public any reply received to Atlantia’s letter;

3. the facts and decisions relating to the termination of the contract, in the light of the newly adopted EU rules on road infrastructure safety management?

Supporter(1)

(1)This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Eleonora Evi (NI)
Original language of question: IT
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