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Italy Opens Up Competition for Lucrative Beach Resort L...

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Italy Opens Up Competition for Lucrative Beach Resort License

People gather on a beach in the coastal town of Sperlonga, Italy, on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Coronavirus infection continued to decline in Italy, with 355 new cases reported Sunday compared with 416 a day earlier.
By Bloomberg
15 Feb 2022 0

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pushed through long-delayed changes on how Italy assigns licenses for public beaches, despite the opposition of one of the parties backing his government.


The government approved a plan to set up competitive tenders for the lucrative licenses from 2024, which allow bathhouses and resorts to be built on public land in exchange for minimal rents. Italy is in breach of European Union rules that call for open competition in the sector that date back to 2008.

The changes have been resisted by beach operators who say that shortening the duration of the licenses and allowing public tenders would drive them out of business and put jobs at risk. Center-right parties, including Matteo Salvini’s League which backs Draghi, support the status quo.

According to industry groups, the liberalization would affect about 30,000 businesses. Italy made less than 100 million euros ($114 million) from beach licenses in 2019.


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