The European Commission has given the green light for aid for 24.7 million euros allocated by Italy to compensate Alitalia for the further damage suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Commission considers that the amount complies with EU state aid rules. The measure aims to compensate the airline for the damage suffered on certain routes due to the coronavirus pandemic between November 1 and December 31, 2020. For Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president in charge of competition policy, “the coronavirus emergency and the restrictions to limit its spread are lasting longer than we hoped. “
“The measure approved today – continues Vestager – allows Italy to further compensate the direct damages suffered by Alitalia between November and December 2020 due to these restrictions”. “We continue to work closely with all Member States to ensure that national support measures can be implemented in a coordinated and effective way, in line with EU standards,” adds Vestager.
“At the same time, our investigations into the support measures adopted in the past in favor of Alitalia continue and we are in contact with the Italian authorities, with whom we exchange information on their plans and compliance with EU rules”, he concludes.