The Italian Government and Alitalia have given new assurances to
the Commission to allay allegations of discrimination by the
Government in favour of Alitalia.
Last year the Commission authorised the Italian
Government's restructuring plan involving the recapitalisation of
Alitalia. The authorisation imposed a number of conditions.
Alitalia promised that it would not use state subsidies to allow
uneconomically low pricing strategies, that it would accept
capacity limitations and that it would allow the Commission access
to detailed accounts. The Italian Government, for its part,
undertook to avoid discrimination in favour of Alitalia with regard
to the award of traffic rights outside the EEA.
In response to Commission preparations to re-open
the state aid procedure following complaints from other airlines,
the Italian Government has assured the Commission that violations
of the conditions will end and has undertaken to grant pending
traffic rights applications and apply non-discriminatory selection
criteria. Alitalia has undertaken to discontinue its promotional
prices in the EEA and revert to its base tariff