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Brussels, 13 May 2009

Commission approves public financing of infrastructure investments in regional airport in Falconara regional airport, Italy

The European Commission decided today not to raise any objections to Italy's plan to support infrastructure investments in Falconara regional airport in Ancona, Marche. The total amount of public financing amounts to some 4 million euros.

"I am pleased with today's Commission decision confirming the evaluation I made on this case, said European Commission Vice-president Antonio Tajani. "It is a clear sign of trust in the aviation sector, aimed at reinforcing competition and mobility in the entire Marche region."

The notified measure aims to strengthen integrated and sustainable regional development based on the creation of a flexible transport system. Thus the measure is aimed at enhancing the connectivity of the region with the trans-European transport networks by means of increasing regional accessibility.

The Commission concluded that the public financing of infrastructure investments at Falconara airport is compatible with the Treaty as it does not prejudice the common interest and the criteria set out in the applicable Community framework[1] are complied with.

The Commission's decision is in line with the 2007 Action Plan for airport capacity[2], which emphasises the importance of regional airports to the development of an integrated European air transport network.

[1] Community guidelines on financing of airports and start-up aid to airlines departing from regional airports.

[2] For more information, visit

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