The debate about the access to the Italian market of maritime (and lakeside) concessions has not ended yet. In 2008, the European Commission opened an infringement procedure against Italy, alleging that the regime of the preferential rights to the state-owned maritime property concessionaires was inconsistent with Art. 49 TFEU and with the Services Directive. Following the opening of the infringement procedure, the preferential right of the concessionaires was abolished by the Italian authorities, starting from 31 December 2012. However, subsequent amendments legislation extended the legal force of that regime until 31 December 2015 and, further, until 31 December 2020. The Court of Justice, in Promoimpresa (judgment of 14 July 2016, joined cases C-458/14 and C-67/15) ruled that the automatic extension of existing concessions of State-owned maritime and lakeside property for tourist and leisure-oriented business activities was inconsistent with European law. In consequence thereof, Italy must adopt transparent procedures to grant concessions of state property, contractually agreeing a limited lifetime, in order not to restrict or limit the free competition beyond what is necessary to ensure the amortization of the investments and make a fair return on the capital invested. Nevertheless, in force of a statute enacted some weeks after the Court's decision, the existing concessions remain in force, in order to protect legal certainty and the public interest, for an indefinite time; more precisely for the time necessary for the Italian authorities to revise Italian law and to bring it in accordance with the principles and rules of European law.
|Titolo tradotto del contributo||[Autom. eng. transl.] Access to the market of concessions of state-owned areas of the sea and lake coasts between investment protection and certain cross-border interest|
|Numero di pagine||11|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2017|
- concessions of State-owned maritime, lakeside and waterway property of economic interest – automatic extension of existing concessions – public contracts and freedom of establishment – Art. 49 TFEU – Services Directive – lack of tender procedure.
- mercato interno - libertà di circolazione - concorrenza - concessioni del demanio pubblico lacustre e marittimo - proroga automatica ex lege delle concessioni - libertà di stabilimento - appalti pubblici - art. 49 TFUE - Direttiva Servizi