The Italian government has confirmed its intention to take Austria to court over the Brenner impasse, which has been crippling goods transport and the users of road, rail and combined transport for many years.
IRU welcomes the Italian government’s confirmation of its intention to take Austria to court in a new attempt to try to unblock the Brenner impasse, following inaction by the European Commission.
Last week, IRU, together with several national associations, had once again called on the European Commission to resuscitate blocked negotiations between Germany, Italy and Austria and, if need be, initiate court action itself.
As the guardian of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and its key principles, including the free movement of goods in the internal market, the European Commission should have taken such action, not Italy.
IRU EU Advocacy Director Raluca Marian said, “It is clear that the Italian government has lost its patience over the Brenner route issue. Italy now intends to take court action, which the European Commission should have taken several years ago. It is high time for the European Commission to act.”