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22 March 2006
Significant penalties applicable to airlines which infringe EU Regulation 261/2004 have recently been incorporated into Italian law by Legislative Decree 69/2006, which was published in the Official Gazette on March 6 2006 and came into force on March 7 2006.
The decree introduces fines of between €10,000 and €50,000 which may be imposed on any airline. The fines apply in circumstances where boarding is denied or a flight is cancelled and an airline fails to (i) comply with the procedures set out in Articles 4 and 5 of the regulation, and (ii) provide compensation to the amounts established therein.
Further penalties may be applied in respect of breaches by air carriers of the provisions relating to:
The organization empowered to monitor compliance and enforce the penalties is ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority.
For further information on this topic please contact Laura Pierallini or Gianluigi Ascenzi at Studio Legale Cannata Pierallini by telephone (+39 06 88 41 713) or by fax (+39 06 88 40 249) or by email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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