Barbara Marinali

Born in Rome in 1964, she graduated with honours in Economics and Business Management from “La Sapienza” University in Rome. Chartered Accountant and Auditor, she worked in the field of pro-competitive regulation of public services, with particular reference to the transport sector and related infrastructures.

She has acquired an extensive knowledge of the public administration, including independent authorities, working at the Italian Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (I.R.I.) (1992-1994), Competition Authority (1994-2000 and 2001-2006), Ministry of Economic
Development (2000-2001), Prime Minister’s Office (2006- 2008), Ministry of Economy and Finance (2008-2009), Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport (2009-2013) and, most recently, Transport Regulation Authority where she holds the position of Member of the Board since 17 September 2013.

From 2009 to 2013 she was General Director of Road Infrastructures at the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, in charge of motorway sector regulation, rules governing motorway concessions and agreements and related toll regulation.

She managed, inter alia, the proceedings concerning:

  • approval of conventions and additional protocols by inter-ministerial decrees;
  • preliminary inquiries preparatory to the assessments of the Inter- ministerial Committee for Economic Planning (C.I.P.E.) concerning statutory model concession agreements;
  • as for toll regulation, adoption of the regulatory accounting Guidelines for companies holding motorway concessions and annual toll adjustments;
  • oversight activities and enforcement of law and conventional provisions with respect to the obligations of operators, including preliminary inquiries and drafting of the final measure for motorway concession withdrawal in case of non-compliant operators.

From 2006 to 2008 she followed the proceedings relating to the regulation of public utility services in the areas within the remit of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Economic Planning as Director of C.I.P.E. Secretariat and Deputy Director of the Department for Planning and Coordination of Economic Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office.

In particular, she carried out the inquiries for the Committee’s approval of the
following regulatory measures:

Roads and motorways

  • guidelines for the economic regulation of the motorway sector;
  • model concession agreements between ANAS S.p.A. (Italian Roads and Motorways National Company) and motorway operators;
  • supplementary agreement to 2003-2005 ANAS Programme Contract;
  • 2007 and 2008 ANAS Programme Contracts.


  • 4th Addendum to 2001-2005 Programme Contract between the Ministry of Transport and Navigation and Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A.;
  • 2007-2011 programme contract between the Ministry of Infrastructure and Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A. – Investments – and update thereof.


  • guidelines on the economic regulation of directly awarded airport services;
  • programme contracts between the Ministry of Transport – in consultation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Defence – and E.N.A.C. (National Civil Aviation Agency)

Maritime transport

  • definition of the criteria for determining public service obligations and charging dynamics in the field of maritime cabotage services of general interest.

Postal services

  • 2006-2008 programme contract model between the Ministry of Communications, in consultation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Poste Italiane S.p.A..

In this respect, she was also in charge of the procedures for the transfer of C.I.P.E. Secretariat to the Prime Minister’s Office and the following activities for the establishment of the Department for Economic Policy Planning and Coordination.

From 1994 to 2006 she worked at the Italian Competition Authority specialising in public service competition, mainly for motorway and energy sectors. Further, as an economic expert in the field of liberalization, she was seconded to the Ministry of Productive Activities to participate in the drafting of the gas liberalization decree and she co-ordinated the working group set up under the OECD Peer Review on the regulatory reform in Italy (2000-2001).

She collaborated, through research and teaching assignments, with the Chair in Industrial Economics held by Professor Fabio Gobbo at the Department of Economics of L.U.I.S.S. University, Rome, and earlier with the Chair in General and Applied Accounting held by Professor Gianfranco Zanda, Department of Economics and Business Management of La Sapienza University, Rome.