The proposal of the German authorities, that was sent to Brussels in December and that the Commission considers sufficient, includes one more a more precise definition of the objective of “public service”, mainly in relation to new media activities.
In addition, it establishes “guarantees adapted” against the possibility of excessive compensation by the provision of the public service, it guarantees the respect to the principles of the market in the commercial activities of the televisions, and more transparency in case of cession of rights for audio-visual broadcastings.
The investigation of the Commission beginning in March of 2005, from several denunciations of deprived operators of television, before the suspicion that the model of financing of the two public chains of national scope, ARD and ZDF, and other operators of smaller scale did not adjust to the European norm on aid of State.
In an official notice, the commissariats European of Competition, Neelie Kroes, were satisfied because the cooperation between Brussels and Berlin has allowed to reach an agreement.
In its opinion, the new regulation will allow the transmitters to fulfill its public mission on watch in a changing mediatic context, limiting the volume of public financing at the same time and avoiding detrimental effects on the competition.
Brussels will give to Germany two years to apply the commitments.