The EU General Court rejects an appeal against a budgetary grant in favour of the French state owned television company, without providing any further explanation on the matter of inefficient undertakings assigned with public service obligations (Télévision française 1)

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Tax Hypothecation and Economic Efficiency under Altmark: T-275/11, French Television 1 v Commission* Background France Télévisions is a limited company wholly owned by the French State. As France abolished advertising on public television, it also decided to provide financial compensation to France Télévisions. For this reason it introduced new taxes to generate revenue for the compensation: a tax on advertising and a tax on electronic communications. In January 2009, France notified to the European Commission its intention to proceed with several types of subsidies for the benefit of France Télévisions, including multi-annual funding in the framework of the public broadcasting mission. In September 2009, the Commission approved certain measures in order to be compatible with the

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU General Court rejects an appeal against a budgetary grant in favour of the French state owned television company, without providing any further explanation on the matter of inefficient undertakings assigned with public service obligations (Télévision française 1), 16 October 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2013, Art. N° 59682

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