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State aid as a tool to achieve technology neutrality - Abertis Telecom, SA and Retevisión I, SA v commission - case T-541/13 - annotation by Pablo Ibáñez Colomo

Ibáñez Colomo, Pablo (2016) State aid as a tool to achieve technology neutrality - Abertis Telecom, SA and Retevisión I, SA v commission - case T-541/13 - annotation by Pablo Ibáñez Colomo. European State Aid Law Quarterly, 15 (3). pp. 440-445. ISSN 1619-5272

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Identification Number: 10.21552/estal/2016/3/11

Abstract

In Abertis (a representative judgment of a saga of similar cases), the General Court dismissed an action for annulment against a Commission decision finding that the measures in support for the deployment of a digital terrestrial television network in Spain amounted to unlawful and incompatible State aid. According to the Commission, the support measures were not granted in accordance with the principle of technology neutrality, insofar as they excluded technologies such as satellite. In addition, it held that the Member State could not invoke the Altmark case law, or Article 106(2) TFEU, insofar as the operators had not been entrusted with a public service mission. This is so in spite of the fact that the Spanish Telecommunications Act explicitly referred to the transmission of broadcasting signals as a service of general economic interest. The analysis of the Commission was, by and large, validated by the General Court. The appeal against the judgment, in this and in similar cases, is currently pending.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://estal.lexxion.eu/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2016 10:10
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2019 00:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68555

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