ARTICLES: STATE AID - PUBLIC SERVICE - COMPATIBILITY - SGEI - EC TREATY - REVIEW OF THE BROADCASTING COMMUNICATION

Public service broadcasting and EC State aid rules: A review of the broadcasting communication

En 2009, la Commission européenne a adopté une nouvelle communication concernant l’application aux services publics de radiodiffusion des règles relatives aux aides d’État. Cette communication introduit de nouvelles mesures et témoigne d’une tendance à octroyer aux Etats Membres un rôle grandissant vis-à-vis de la supervision de la compatibilité des aides octroyées pour des SIEG. L’évaluation préalable des nouveaux services importants, qui aurait pour objectif d’examiner la valeur publique et l’impact des dits services sur le marché, est une nouveauté. En outre, la révision de la Communication sur la radiodiffusion soulève certaines questions d’intérêt pour d’autres SIEG; elles seront discutées dans cette contribution.

1. In July 2009, the European Commission adopted a new Communication on the application of State aid rules to public service broadcasting. [1] The communication lays down general principles on how the Commission applies State aid rules, in particular, Article 106 (2) TFEU (ex Article 86 (2) EC), to the funding of public service broadcasters. Public service broadcasting is a service of general economic interest (SGEI). The revision of the Broadcasting Communication raised several issues which are also of general interest for other SGEIs. This contribution presents the new provisions of the revised Broadcasting Communication. 2. The new Broadcasting Communication includes new measures and features a new trend of placing a greater burden on Member States with regard to services of

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Pranvera Këllezi, Public service broadcasting and EC State aid rules: A review of the broadcasting communication, February 2010, Concurrences N° 1-2010, Art. N° 30051, pp. 71-78

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