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Port of Trieste: warning of the IPR FTT to the Port Authority, the Municipality, and the Region

Trieste, 24 February 2021. – Yesterday (24.2) the I.P.R. F.T.T. – International Provisional Representative of the Free Territory of Trieste has notified to the heads of the Municipality of Trieste, of the Port Authority, and of the Region a warning, in English and in Italian, against the drafting, signing, and enforcement of agreements that would constitute a «breach of the provisions of paragraphs 618 and 619 of art. 1 of Law No. 190/2014, as integrated under art. 1, paragraph 66 letter b) of Law No. 205/2017».

It is the provisions of law that establish the constraints on the destination of both the assets of the Northern Free Port (also called “porto vecchio”, the old port), which were transferred to the available properties of the Municipality, and that of the revenues deriving from their sale.

The warning notices that those laws bound the Municipality to sell these assets and to transfer all revenues to the Port Authority. However, that is itself bound to re-invest said revenues for the development of Trieste’s international Free Port.

The I.P.R. F.T.T. claims that the contents of the Agreement on the subject, as anticipated to the press in recent days by Mayor Dipiazza, would constitute «a surreptitious attempt, by involving also the Region, to consolidate and provide a further cover-up» breaches of law that are systematically committed by the Municipal Administration. It is breaches of law under pending, «renewed and supplemented» criminal complaints since 2019.

The warning was also sent, for information, to the Commissioner of the Government and Prefect of Trieste, to the Prosecutor of the Republic in Trieste, and to the Questore – Chief of the Police of Trieste. The document specifies that «the year-long, continuing» of those breaches of law was also «brought to the attention of the competent, central [anticorruption] investigative offices».