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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 60/59

The overall cost of this service is in the region of one and a half billion lire per year, which is at least 30% higher
than it would have cost to entrust this service to a chauffeur-driven car rental company.

In addition, by its very nature and under the law, a taxi cooperative is required to provide services for all
customers without distinction, whereas services provided for a restricted clientele such as the passengers of a
given airline are the preserve of chauffer-driven car rental companies.

Alitalia did not issue an invitation to tender for the service contract in question, thereby preventing other
companies in this field from submitting bids and making it impossible to select a bid which might have been
financially more advantageous.

Will the Commission say whether, in concluding this agreement, Alitalia S.p.A. has fully complied with
Community rules on freedom of competition and service contracts, bearing in mind that 90% of Alitalia’s capital
is held by the public holding company IRI.

If not, will the Commission say whether it intends to take steps to ensure that Community legislation is observed?

(98/C 60/90) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1859/97


by Roberta Angelilli (NI) to the Commission
(30 May 1997)

Subject: Airline crew transport services provided by Alitalia S.p.A. and Alitalia Team S.p.A.

The company Alitalia Team S.p.A., which is a subsidiary of Alitalia S.p.A., has introduced a shuttle service
between the control centre at Magliana in Rome and the Leonardo da Vinci airport for the purpose of transporting
the crews of the two above-mentioned companies.

In order to provide this service Alitalia Team concluded in November 1996 a contract of a value of
500 million lire per year with a company named RAMP. Recently, Alitalia concluded contracts for the same
service with two cooperative companies, SAR and SIAT, for a value of around 10 billion lire for the Rome area
alone.

In neither case was an invitation to tender issued by Alitalia S.P.A. and Alitalia Team for the service contracts in
question, thereby preventing other companies in this sector from making bids and ruling out any possibility of a
more financially advantageous bid being selected.

Will the Commission say whether, in awarding the contracts for this service, the companies Alitalia S.p.A. and
Alitalia Team S.p.A. have fully respected Community rules on free competition and service contracts, bearing in
mind that 90% of Alitalia’s capital is held by the public holding company IRI.

If not, will the Commission say whether it intends to take steps to ensure that Community law is observed?

Joint answer
to Written Questions E-1858/97 and E-1859/97
given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission
(11 July 1997)

In accordance with Article 2(2)(b)(ii) of Council Directive 93/38/EEC of 14 June 1993 co-ordinating the
procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors (1),
contracting entities subject to the obligations of the Directive are those which exercise the activity of exploitation
of a geographical area for the purpose of the provision of airport, maritime or inland port or other terminal
facilities to carriers by air, sea or inland waterway.

Recital 18 of the Directive also states that the scope of this Directive, defined in particular in Article 2, does not
include entities offering air transport services to the public.

According to the information in the Commission's possession, Fiumicino airport is managed by Aeroporti di
Roma S.p.A. and not by the Ufficio amministrazione scalo aeroporto di Fiumicino de l'Alitalia S.p.A.