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Italy, EU agree to conditions for flag carrier's re-launch
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 5/28/2021 3:25:00 PM
Italy, EU agree to conditions for flag carrier's re-launch

Rome: Italy and the European Union (EU) have agreed to conditions for the re-launch of te country's flag carrier, Alitalia, according to a statement released here.

The statement issued on Thursday said the agreement came after the conclusion of a virtual meeting held a day before between European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager and two Italian ministers -- Minister of Economy and Finance Daniele Franco and Minister of Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Following intense and constructive discussions at all levels, the EU Commission and the Italian authorities have reached a common understanding on the key parameters to guarantee economic discontinuity" between Alitalia and ITA, the company set to take the carrier's place, the joint statement said.

"The Commission supports Italy's efforts to prepare as soon as possible the launch of ITA as a new and vital market player in line with EU regulations," and in view of finalising the agreement, contacts between Brussels and Rome "will now continue at full speed at a technical level".

According to the terms of the new agreement, ITA will start operations with around 60 aircraft and 5,000 employees, down from 92 and around 11,000 for Alitalia.Some of Alitalia's assets, including the company's brand and maintenance capacity, will be sold separately with ITA expected to participate in the bidding.

That tender is part of the conditions set by Vestager's office to ensure that the new company would not have an unfair competitive advantage.The re-launch plan is part of an effort to end years of struggle for the highly-indebted Alitalia. The Italian government has said it wants to have ITA operational quickly enough for the high tourist season over the summer.




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