Decreto Infrastrutture. Conftrasporto-Confcommercio: “A step forward for ports, road transport and intramodality”

“This is an important step towards the implementation of the measures related to ports in the context of the National Resilience and Recovery Plan (NRRP).” The president of Conftrasporto-Confcommercio Paolo Uggè welcomes the “Decreto Infrastrutture” approved by the Chamber of Deputies.

This statement is referred to the amendment issued by the president of the Transport Commission, Raffaella Paita, and by the president of the Environment Commission, Alessia Rotta, aimed to simplify the intricate authorization process for interventions within the port system.

Another positive novelty is the amendment related to the decontribution of seafarers employed on vessels operating coastal and island services, following the already gained approval of the aids for maritime companies ensuring passenger transport connections and the Motorways of the Sea.

Both measures had been promptly issued by the Government with Articles 88 and 89 of the D.L. n. 104/2020 and, despite the Parliament’s approval, the aid in question had not been paid out for reasons of compatibility. Finally, overcome via the extension of the aid’s beneficiary to ships flying the EU flag, the aid can finally reach those companies that have continued to serve the Country despite their massive loss in turnover.

Measures related to road transport have also been welcomed, especially the law aimed to speed up the privatization of the vehicle overhaul activity. “Even if we would have preferred the full exemption for road transport, the provision that allows to lower the share of the contribution for the “Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti “is positive – argues Uggè. Similarly, resources for infrastructures that guarantee the development of the infrastructural network related to passenger and freights transport are equally welcomed as long as the timing is respected.

Finally, the regulation meant to solve the shortage of drivers through the introduction of a contribution for departure costs and professional certificates is appreciated.