Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 23 April 2007
"Public service obligations can guarantee mobility for inhabitants of outlying regions, and particularly islands, if the market is unable by itself to provide the frequency and capacity deemed necessary", Jacques Barrot, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, explained. "But those obligations must not improperly close off a viable market from competition: it is very important that the obligations allow maximum scope for airlines to operate and residents to benefit from the best possible services at the lowest cost".
On 1 August 2006 the Commission initiated a formal investigation into the PSOs imposed by Italy on several routes between the mainland and Sardinia. The Commission has decided not to call into question the principle of PSOs on the routes examined, but it is authorising their application only if several conditions imposed by the decrees governing them are revoked or amended.
In particular, the Commission has drawn attention to the following points:
The Commission decision applies directly to Italy, which must notify the measures taken in order to implement the decision by 1 August 2007 at the latest.
 Commission Decision of 1.8.2006 (OJ L 215, 5.8.2006).
 PSOs published in OJ C 72 of 24.3.2006 and OJ C 93 of 21.4.2006, concerning the following routes: Alghero/Rome and Rome/Alghero; Alghero/Milan and Milan/Alghero; Cagliari/Rome and Rome/Cagliari; Cagliari/Milan and Milan/Cagliari; Olbia/Rome and Rome/Olbia; Olbia/Milan and Milan/Olbia; Alghero/Bologna and Bologna/Alghero; Alghero/Turin and Turin/Alghero; Cagliari/Bologna and Bologna/Cagliari; Cagliari/Turin and Turin/Cagliari; Cagliari/Verona and Verona/Cagliari; Cagliari/Naples and Naples/Cagliari; Cagliari/Palermo and Palermo/Cagliari; Olbia/Verona and Verona/Olbia; Cagliari/Florence and Florence/Cagliari; Olbia/Bologna and Bologna/Olbia.