According to the EU Press Room, “The Commission has decided to open a formal investigation into the rules imposed by Italy on 2 May 2006 on 16 air routes between three Sardinian airports and important airports on the Italian mainland. The Commission has serious doubts as to the conformity of the Italian public service obligations with the aviation market rules and considers that they may close the market to Sardinia. Italy has to react within two months upon receiving the Commission’s notice.’This possible abuse threatens the principle of public services that I strongly support. The European Commission must ensure that public services are not used to close a profitable market from competition’, said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport. ‘This is what the European Commission must check in this case’.”This Press Release is available in full text.