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CJEU Case C-234/12 / Judgment

Sky Italia Srl v Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni

Policy area:
Audiovisual and media
Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Second Chamber)
Decision date:

Key facts of the case:

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunale amministrativo regionale per il Lazio.
Television broadcasting — Directive 2010/13/EU — Articles 4(1) and 23(1) — Advertising spots — National rule laying down a maximum percentage of broadcasting time which can be dedicated to advertising for pay-TV broadcasters which is lower than that laid down for free-to-air TV broadcasters — Equal treatment — Freedom to provide services.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Second Chamber) hereby rules:

Article 4(1) of Directive 2010/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2010 on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive), as well as the principle of equal treatment and Article 56 TFEU must be interpreted as not precluding, in principle, a national rule, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which lays down shorter hourly television advertising limits for pay-TV broadcasters than those set for free-to-air broadcasters, provided that the principle of proportionality is observed, which is a matter for the referring court to assess.