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February 5, 2019

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Of Augustin (Assoporti): we will support the government in opposing itself to the demand EU to tax the harbour authorities as if they were enterprises

Doormats (To propel Trieste Club): this ulterior uncertainty of the right is not profitable tranquilizes the national investor and foreign countries

The recent demand turned newly from the EU commission to Italy so that it adapts to own system of taxation of the ports to the communitarian norms in matter of aids of State rimuovendo the exemption from the tax on the societies for the Authorities of Harbour System (former Harbour Authorities), tax exemption that second Brussels constitutes exactly an aid of State(of 8 January 2019), it has been to the center yesterday of a specific organized encounter from Propeller Club of Trieste in the course of which the president of the Authority of Harbour System of Mare Adriatico Orientale, Zeno D' Augustin, has confirmed that the Association of the Italian Ports (Assoporti), of which he is president from half 2017, will support the Italian government in opposing itself to the decision of the EU commission.

The Italian legislation on the ports qualification the harbour authorities as not economic public bodies and "the Authorities of Harbour System - he has remembered Of Augustin - are the longa manus of the government and do not make enterprise. If they make it, they make it through society that they pay the taxes. I ask therefore Brussels - it has emphasized - to make the things respectable".

In the course of the reunion lawyer Alberto Pasino, partner of Zunarelli associated Study, has illustrated the norm of reference of the entire event having explained as in the past the EU commission has already estimated the second thesis which the State cannot pay taxes to the State and - it has specified - the outcomes have not been properly favorable to who supported it. According to Pasino, the roads are others therefore that Italy will have to cover in order to assert own reasons because - the lawyer has confirmed - "for the Italian State the Authorities of Harbour System are not economic public bodies and they are not subject to taxation".

To conclusion of the participations president of Propeller Club of Trieste, Fabrizio Zerbini, has pointed out as "this ulterior uncertainty of the right" is not profitable tranquilizes the national investor and foreign countries, above all for long period investments, and is of important damage for Italy. Doormats have evidenced moreover that, in a context of competition between the ports, all must be conformed to the European laws in merit, while to the current state is not so. For this reason, according to Doormats, an participation dirimente of the EU commission is favorable. With regard to competition, president of Propeller Club has specified that he must be made on the specialization of the various ports and on the "all they do not make all", obligating to investments multiple, expensive publics and without advantages for the Italy system.

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