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Public Financing of Public Service Broadcasting and its Qualification as State Aid

With Particular Regard to the "Altmark Trans</I> Jurisprudence


Benjamin Linke

The book sheds light on the demands of Art. 107(1) TFEU regarding public funding of public service broadcasting (PSB). Broadcasting is of particular importance in the modern structure of democracy. PSB provides broadcasting services that are of higher quality and of more cultural value to the community than services provided by commercial broadcasters. To ensure the operation of PSB, Member States of the European Union have introduced various measures to support broadcasters. These support measures have to comply with European State aid law, which seeks to prevent overcompensation. In its Altmark Trans-ruling, the ECJ laid down specific criteria under which compensation for services of general economic interest (SGEI) should not be considered State aid in the sense of Art. 107(1) TFEU. The author focuses on the Altmark-criteria. Apart from Art. 107(1) TFEU, he also looks at the effect of the Amsterdam Protocol, which is occasionally argued to have a significant impact on the application of the State aid rules to PSB.


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Abbreviations Art. Article cf. confer (lat.) CFI Court of First Instance e.g. exempli gratia (lat.) EC Treaty Establishing the European Community ECJ European Court of Justice EGC General Court et al. et alia (lat.) et seq. / et seqq. et sequens / et sequentes (lat.) fn. footnote ibid. ibidem (lat.) ICW in conjunction with i.e. id est (lat.) OJ Official Journal of the European Union p. / pp. page / pages para. / paras. paragraph / paragraphs PSB PSB SGEI Service(s) of General Economic Interest TFEU Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union TEU Treaty on European Union 140 Bibliography A Amato, Giuliano and Ehlermann, Claus-Dieter (eds.) (2007) EC Competition Law – A Critical Assessment. Oxford et al.: Hart Publishing. Andersen, Bjørn and Henriksen, Bjørnar and Spjelkavik, Ingrid (2008) Benchmark- ing applications in public sector principal-agent relationships, Benchmarking: An International Journal, 15 (6), pp. 723–741. Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bun- desrepublik Deutschland (ARD) (eds.) (2008) ARD-Jahrbuch 08–40. Jahrgang. Arhold, Christoph (2007) The Case Law of the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance on State Aids in 2006/2007 (Part 1), European State Aid Law Quarterly, pp. 151–214. Armstrong, Mark and Weeds, Helen (2007) Public service broadcasting in the digital world, pp. 81–149, in: Seabright, Paul and Hagen, Jürgen von (eds.) The Economic Regulation of Broadcasting Markets – Evolving Technology and the Challenges for Policy. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge University Press. B Bacon, Kelyn (ed.) (2009) European Community Law of...

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