Holes in the Water: The Reform of Water Services and Competition in Italy

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 173-187, June 2011

20 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2011 Last revised: 21 Jun 2011

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Luca Arnaudo

Government of the Italian Republic (Italy) - Italian Competition Authority; Luiss Guido Carli University

Date Written: January 25, 2011

Abstract

The paper provides a survey of some of the main tenets of water management in Italy, following the path of a rather ambitious reform launched in 1994 aimed at establishing an integrated water service for civil use. Also, by taking into account recent literature related to vulnerabilities typical of water services and their liberalization process, the paper analyzes some of the biggest difficulties and failures faced by the Italian reform of the water sector, such as regulatory fragmentation and conflicts of interests spreading among public local administrations and companies providing the services, according to a recent survey provided by the National Supervising Water Committee. Finally, a specific insight into competition drivers of the water industry is given by means of a series of recent antitrust decisions taken from the archives of the Italian Competition Authority.

Keywords: Water services, Italy, public utilities, regulatory reform, competition, antitrust

JEL Classification: D22, H70, K21, L95

Suggested Citation

Arnaudo, Luca, Holes in the Water: The Reform of Water Services and Competition in Italy (January 25, 2011). Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 173-187, June 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1747744

Luca Arnaudo (Contact Author)

Government of the Italian Republic (Italy) - Italian Competition Authority ( email )

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Roma, 00184
Italy

Luiss Guido Carli University ( email )

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Rome, Roma 00100
Italy

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