The international Free Port of Trieste is a State Corporation of the present-day Free Territory of Trieste, an independent Sovereign State established at the coming into force of the Treaty of Peace with Italy, signed in Paris on 10 February 1947.
Article 34 of ANNEX VI to the Treaty, activates the International Free Port of Trieste:
“A free port shall be established in the Free Territory and shall be administered on the basis of the provisions of an international instrument drawn up by the Council of Foreign Ministers, approved by the Security Council, and annexed to the present Treaty (Annex VIII). The Government of the Free Territory shall enact all necessary legislation and take all necessary steps to give effect to the provisions of such instrument.”
To read the Treaty of Peace in the official English, French, and Russian versions: UN Treaty Series vol. 49 No. 747.
The Free Trieste Movement is active in raising awareness about this important economic resource, defined as the “European Singapore” in a recent analysis by investigative newspaper “La Voce di Trieste” (LINK) and as the “Unknown Dimension” by economic Austrian newspaper “Börsen-Kurier” (LINK).
Unfortunately, the Italian political system is since long attempting to suffocate this unique free port to favor the Italian ports that are most strictly controlled by organised criminality; right now it is attempting to divert the traffics of the Baltic-Adriatic corridor from the port of Trieste to the ports located in Southern Italy, an illegal action that would not only breach the Treaty of Peace with Italy, but also cause a permanent strategic damage by subtracting enormous development possibilities to Trieste, but also to the nearby ports of Koper – Capodistria (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia) and Ploče (Bosnia).
The press releases of the Free Trieste Movement regarding the defence of the International Free Port of the Free Territory of Trieste, as well as the economic potential and advantages offered by this strategic area are published here: LINK
The present-day Free Territory of Trieste and its neighbour States: Italy and Slovenia: