“I can’t confirm. I can say that no decision was made and any decision will be communicated when it is taken “. Thus the spokeswoman of the European Commission, Arianna Podestà replied yesterday in reference to the indiscretion-bomb relaunched in the past few hours by Financial Times according to which the Antitrust of the European Union will ask the Italian Government to recover from the old Alitalia i 900 million euros of bridging loan, as they are considered illegal state aid. Needless to say, a tile.
According to the anticipation – not confirmed (to be dialectically fussy not even denied by Brussels) – Rome would have violated the EU rules on state aid granting loans for the rescue of Alitalia in 2017. Indeed, EU law prohibits a Member State from granting a company financial support that gives it an advantage over its rivals.
News that, if confirmed, would be a real one tile for the Government led by Mario Draghi that according to some journalistic reconstructions he would have personally intervened. Impossible, in fact, for Alitalia , today in extraordinary administration, return the funds with the hypothesis of failure ready to concretely appear on the scene, even complicating the Ita dossier, the new company that will debut in half October.
CdM launches standard pending EU
Meanwhile, yesterday approved in Cabinet a rule which adjusts the transfer procedures already outlined by the legislator to the new needs related to timing of adoption of the European decision of the Alitalia affair. In particular, explains the final press release of Palazzo Chigi, for speed up procedures the standard provides for an authorization scheme based on compliance of the plan to decision of the EU Commission.
And while consuming it tore up between company and trade unions on the passage of workers from Alitalia to Ita – on dossier also moves the Parliament. “We asked to audit the trade unions and the Ita Board of Directors in the joint Labor and Transport Commissions, so that Parliament is immediately informed of the industrial strategies implemented by the new company and of the employment consequences. The alarms that arise they must have a clear answer ”. Thus the President of the Labor Commission of the Chamber, Romina Mura (Pd), and the leader of the Pd group in the Transport Committee, Davide Gariglio.
Meanwhile, the disastrous prophecy of “Even the new company will receive public money like the old one but in the end even Ita will fail”, said Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, stressing that “In the medium term, Ita will certainly not make any profits. : the accounts will not be sustainable and he will need public money again ”. The current one, said the Irish manager, “is yet another round of aid to Alitalia, but Europe will continue to authorize it until, in the end, will be sold to Lufthansa or Air France ”.