European State Aid Law Quarterly
Switching to Action: Commission applies State Aid Action Plan to Digital Switchover
On 9 November 2005, the European Commission adopted its decision on the State aid which the Federal Republic of Germany had implemented for the introduction of digital terrestrial television in Berlin-Brandenburg. This article discusses the decision, and in particular the guidance provided by the Commission on the practical application of the analytical framework proposed in the State Aid Action Plan, and the types of State aid that may be necessary and proportionate to correct market failures in the context of the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
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