Shipping and Transport Bulletin — October-November 2013

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In this issue of the Shipping and Transport Bulletin, NCTM evaluates the obligation for members of the Port Committee (the management body of the Italian Port Authorities) to abstain from voting if they have any conflict of interest in relation to a matter dealt with by such body. This is a burning issue as a result of a recent decision of nullity of a resolution of a port authority issued by an Italian court.

Another judgment (this time of the Supreme Court) has clarified how and in what circumstances an assessment issued by customs is to be declared invalid for failure to comply with a term of the proceedings that is often violated by the Italian customs authorities.

A recent order of the EU court in the notorious case of the €220m (£186m) illegal state aid given to SNCM that France must recover puts the spotlight on the Tirrenia case. How and when will such aid be recovered? …

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