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COMMISSION "CONCERNED" ABOUT ITALY'S CAR INDUSTRY AID.

First it was France and Spain, now Italy. The European Commission has "a few concerns" with Italy's plan for aid to the car industry, a spokesperson said, on 20 February. One concern regards an Italian decree-law of 18 February, which would provide that companies wishing to benefit from this aid would first (within 30 days of the decree-law being adopted, according to the spokesperson) have to sign a protocol with the government. This procedure would be "discriminatory" and contrary to the principle of the free movement of goods. The Commission said that it would send a letter to the Italian authorities the same day and that the government is asked to respond within five working days. The spokesperson also added that the time period for a reply to the letter sent to the Spanish authorities about their car-aid plan ran until 24 February.

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