#StateAid – Commission approves €20 million Italian scheme supporting noise reduction in rail freight transport

| December 19, 2018

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a €20 million aid scheme to support noise reduction of rail freight traffic in Italy. The aid will be granted through a reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of equipping rail freight wagons operating in Italy, which have been put into circulation before 1 January 2015 with less noisy composite brake blocks. This retrofitting will allow reducing noise emissions of older wagons to more restrictive noise levels which are mandatory for new wagons. The scheme is open to all railway companies and owners of wagons established in the European Economic Area who operate freight transport on the Italian railway network and the aid will be granted on non-discriminatory terms. The Commission found that the measure is necessary as, absent the support, railway companies and owners of existing freight wagons would not have sufficient incentives to carry out the retrofitting.

On this basis, the Commission concluded that the measure is compatible with EU state aid rules, in particular Article 93 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union regarding transport coordination and the Commission Guidelines on state aid for railway companies. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website in the public case register under the case number SA.51229 once any confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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