State vs. ports, end of the war. That’s why we all breathe a sigh of relief.

Rest assured, shipowners. The cost of your berth (rental or transit) will not go up. Resolved, finally, after 13 years, the absurd State litigation between marinas and the state over theretroactive application of increased state fees. A fiscal peace that averted the risk that marinas, in order to survive, could raise berth prices by a large amount.

Let’s go over the story again. What had happened?

The bone of contention concerned the retroactive increase in state fees, which has already been declared illegitimate-as well as by civil courts halfway across Italy, Courts of Appeals, TARs, and Council of State-in a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling. Despite this, the State Property and Revenue Agencies had continued undaunted with the issuance of tax bills – with very high amounts – to many of the marinas (sensational was the case of Marina Blu in Rimini, which
had been handed a million-euro maxi-bill.

And not only that: two ports(Capri’s Marina Piccola and Cattolica’s Marina) “guilty” only of resisting and winning appeals had had their first concessions revoked.

Then, in January this year, after the resounding protest of 300 industry operators, equipped with life vests, who demonstrated in Rome in front of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport the Internal Revenue Service had temporarily suspended requests for increases in state fees (which were as high as 700 percent!).

It took Covid to bring closure to the matter once and for all. Now the August DL, in part on the back of the -40 percent recorded by the nautical tourism industry due to the lockdown (and the good lobbying work done by Confindustria Nautica), accepts the Court’s principles, saving 23 ports and their associated 5,000 jobs from bankruptcy.



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