Italian fines overturned by court ruling

14 Jul 2021

An administrative court in Rome has annulled fines totalling EUR228 million (USD271 million) levied against Italian telcos Telecom Italia, Vodafone, WINDTRE and Fastweb. The telcos were fined last year by Italy’s Competition Authority (Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, AGCM) for collectively raising tariffs when ordered to switch from a 28-day billing cycle to monthly billing. According to a report from Reuters, the court found that the AGCM had not shown that the companies were not acting within their rights. Italian consumer rights groups reacted angrily at the court decision. Massimiliano Dona, president of consumer association Unione Nazionale Consumatori, was quoted as saying: ‘It’s a disgrace! That the legal system in this country doesn’t work is well known, but we’ve now touched the bottom.’