Official statements
I.P.R. F.T.T.

Official statements:

8 February 2020:


Port of Trieste: the I.P.R. F.T.T. joins the EU procedure regarding the taxation of Italian Ports


The International Provisional Representative of the Free Territory of Trieste – I.P.R. F.T.T. has submit an official intervention in the European Commission’s procedure State aid SA.38399 (2018/E) Corporate Taxation of Ports in Italy. The intervention of the I.P.R. F.T.T., lodged on 8 February under protocol number 2020/01608, revolves on the international Free Port and the customs port of Trieste.


The EU procedure considers that Italy is not levying the corporate income tax on its Port System Authorities, which administer Italian ports, and it does also include the Italian Port Authority of Trieste and Monfalcone among them. In November 2019, the Commission concluded its consultations with the Italian Government, and, considering the answers provided by Italian authorities ungrounded, on 10 January it opened that official investigation, inviting the Italian Government and all third parties interested to submit their observations within one month.


The intervention of the I.P.R. F.T.T. considers that the international Free Port and the customs port of Trieste are not ports of the Italian State, but ports of the present-day Free Territory of Trieste, established with the 1947 Treaty of Peace and sub-entrusted, since 1954, to the temporary civil administration of the Italian Government by the Governments of the United States, in their role of primary administering Governments, and of the United Kingdom on behalf of the UN Security Council.


The intervention is published here.

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December 2019:


International Free Port of Trieste: Italian Government and Port Authority summoned before Court for breaches of law and for agreements with China


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, under the accusation of violating the legal status and tax regime of the international Free Port of Trieste, and for concluding illegitimate agreements with State enterprises of the People’s Republic of China. The first hearing is to take place on 9 April 2020.


The writ of summon summarizes the legal foundation of the question of Trieste, it is published here.

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26 March 2019:


Diplomatic protests of the I.P.R. F.T.T. regarding the illegitimate agreement between the Italian Port Authority in Trieste and China Communications Construction Company.


On March 26th, 2019, the International Provisional Representative of the Free Territory of Trieste – I.P.R. F.T.T. has sent an official note to the Italian Government protesting the  agreement signed in Rome by the President of the Italian Port Authority in Trieste, Zeno d'Agostino with China Communications Construction Company - CCCC on March 23rd.


The protest note explains the grounds of absolute illegitimacy of the  agreement signed by that Port Authority and requests the administering Italian Government to take all measures needed to restore the rule of law in the management of the   international Free Port and of  the customs port of the present-day Free Territory of Trieste. Otherwise, the I.P.R. F.T.T. is activating all needed legal defences.


The protest note is published here.


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14 February 2019:


Diplomatic protest of the I.P.R. F.T.T. following Italian revanchist remarks against Slovenia and Croatia


The I.P.R. F.T.T. addressed a protest note to the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Government, to the President of the Italian Republic, and to the President of the European Commission following Italian revanchist demonstrations held on 10 February 2019 against Slovenia and Croatia.


The protest note is published here.

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