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Brussels, 17 June 2009

Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service

The European Commission decided today not to raise objections to a start-up aid for the new rail-based transport service between the Port of Naples and Nola Interport, one of the main industrial ports of Italy, near Naples.

The objective of the measure notified by the Italian authorities is to transfer traffic from road to rail transport by establishing a rail-based transport service between the Port of Naples and Nola Interport. The start-up aid amounts to €1,322,000 and will cover a period of three years.

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, in charge of transport remarked "Shifting the transport of freight to less polluting means is good news for Naples.This service will start off with a modest shift amounting to some 6% of the current traffic. I am confident that today's decision will contribute to further increase this shift with benefits to Naples and the entire region.

The proposed measure is one of the initiatives aimed at promoting the use of rail transport for freight in order to increase the efficiency and safety of freight transport throughout the region. At the same time, it will curb the environmental impact of this traffic by reducing road congestion and pollution.

The Commission finds that the aid is compatible with the proper functioning of the common market.

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