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EC court rules on Spanish DTT subsidies

tdtThe EC General Court has ruled that Spanish government subsidies for the country’s digital-terrestrial platform are illegal.

The court ruled that subsidies granted to operators of DTT services between 2005 and 2009 break EC rules, confiring a decision by the Commission in 2013.

The court ruling requires Spain to recover €260 million in subsidies.

The court said that the measures adopted by Spain breached EC rules on technology neutrality. In the absence of a clear definition of what constituted a public service in relation to DTT operators, the measures constituted illegal state aid, it said.

The court decision upholds a ruling by the EC in June that the subsidy scheme favoured DTT at the expense of other technologies, following a complaint by satellite operator SES Astra.

The EC in October separately ruled that subsidiaries totaling €46 million granted in Castilla-LaMancha, where the recipients were preselected, were illegal.

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