Brussels has issued a reasoned opinion to Rome, marking a significant step forward in the infringement procedure regarding Italy’s seaside resorts. This development has sparked frustration among the majority and executive forces, as it dismantled the work of mapping the Italian coast that had been undertaken by a technical table.
The Italian government now has two months to respond. In response, they are considering implementing a regulation that will be presented before the end of the year. The thesis is that 67% of the Italian coast remains free from concessions, and this data should form the basis for future discussions with Europe.
“We are ready to provide immediate answers,” says Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega party. “We have been working towards this goal for months, following in line with what is desired by the Commission. We cannot speak of a scarce resource.”
The Azzurri Bergamini and Gasparri argue that there is more than enough resources available for those who wish to conduct business in this area. They believe that efforts should be focused on guaranteeing continuity of concessions for existing seaside businesses, which are critical to Italy’s economy.
Federico Fidanza, head of Fratelli d’Italia delegation to the European Parliament, acknowledges that there are open fronts with Europe on several issues, including ESM ratification and family allowance procedures for dependent children. However, he notes that dialogue with Europe must continue and believes that this latest step could even be helpful in drafting national legislation to resolve the issue at hand once its contents become known.