The European Commission, on 24 January, decided that three subsidies granted by Italy in 2006 to promote the purchasing of digital TV decoders do not violate EC Treaty state aid rules - Article 87(1) - as they are offered for all decoders, regardless of the transmission platforms. The decoders are used to transform digital signals into a format that can be viewed on an analog TV set. However, the Commission also decided that subsidies...

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