EC support for Italy’s spa sector

Spa treatment, referencing Italy's spa sector

The European Commission has approved a €380 million Italian scheme to support the tourism and spa sectors.  The measure will be open to companies active in the tourist-hotel accommodation sector, open-air accommodation facilities and spas.

The measure was approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework.  Under the scheme, the aid will take the form of tax advantages.

The scheme is aimed at covering part of the costs related to the development and improvement of the infrastructure and facilities of the eligible companies.

Companies will be entitled to receive an aid amount covering up to 65% of the eligible costs within a maximum ceiling of €200,000 per beneficiary.

The Commission found that the Italian scheme is in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. In particular, the aid will not exceed €2.3 million per beneficiary; and will be granted no later than 30 June 2022. The Commission concluded that the measure is necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member State, in line with the conditions of the Temporary Framework.

On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under EU State aid rules.