Trieste, 14 January 2020 [F.W.]. The International Provisional Representative of the Free Territory of Trieste – I.P.R. F.T.T. has summoned before Court the Italian government, some of its Ministries, and some of its bodies, including the Port Authority and the Municipality of Trieste, under accusation of violating the legal status and tax system of the Free Territory and of its international Free Port, which exists to provide for the trades and manufactures of all States, without discriminations ().
The present-day Free Territory of Trieste, established by the 10 February 1947 Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers with Italy, borders with Italy and, since 1992, with Slovenia; since 1954, it is sub-entrusted to the temporary civil administration of the Italian Government by the Governments of the U.S. and of the U.K. as primary administering Governments on behalf of the UN Security Council, and it does not belong to the European Union ().
The I.P.R. F.T.T. is an Agency established in 2015 by delegation of citizens and enterprises of the Free Territory and of other States (). In particular, this one lawsuit regards the violations of the international Free Port regime that are committed by the Italian administration with illegal housing speculations at the expenses of the Northern Free Port, with the illegitimate collection of Italian taxes on fuels, gas, and electricity, as well as with an illegitimate strategic agreement between the Port Authority and the PRC ().
The Italian Government is legally bound to grant the correct management of the international Free Port of Trieste under both international and domestic Italian law. for this reason, the lawsuit is open before the Italian judges who serve their duties in the Court of Trieste as well as being open to the adhesion of all citizens, enterprises and investors from the Free Territory or from other States who are willing to support it directly, as provided at art. 105 of the Italian Code of Civil Procedure.
This is the third civil lawsuit initiated by the I.P.R. F.T.T. against the Italian Government. The previous two, supported by more than 800 citizens and enterprises, regard the illegal collection of Italian taxes and payment of the Italian VAT within the Free Territory of Trieste. The paperwork for interventions in all three lawsuits is done by the offices of the Free Trieste Movement.