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

In 2009 the Commission adopted a new Communication on the application of State aid rules to public service broadcasting. The new Broadcasting Communication includes fresh measures and reveals a trend giving Member States a greater role with regard to the compatibility of State aid granted for SGEI with the EC Treaty. The introduction of a prior evaluation test which would assess the public value and the impact on the market for significant new activities is a novelty in this area. The revision of the Broadcasting Communication gave rise to several issues which are also of general interest for other SGEIs, and these are discussed in the present 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, février 2010, Revue Concurrences N° 1-2010, Art. N° 30052, pp. 71-78

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