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EU Launches Antitrust Probe Into Italy Loan to Alitalia

 |  March 1, 2020

The European Union’s antitrust watchdog announced Friday, February 28, that it has launched an investigation into a loan of €400 million (US$440 million) from the Italian government to national airline Alitalia to establish whether the money is illegal State aid, reported The New York Times. 

The watchdog, the European Commission, said in a statement that the aim is to assess if the “loan granted to Alitalia constitutes State aid and whether it complies with the rules on state aid to companies in difficulty.”

Alitalia has been in financial trouble for several years. The Commission, which polices antitrust and State aid issues, stated that Italy had announced the loan to Alitalia late last year and that the money was meant “to facilitate the streamlining of the company in order to attempt to sell its assets.”

The European Commission stated it launched the probe after receiving a number of complaints about the loan. No details were provided about those who complained or what their suspicions might be.

Full Content: New York Times

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