State aid: Commission orders Dutch public service broadcaster NOS to pay back €76.3 million excess ad hoc funding

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The European Commission has ordered the Dutch authorities to recover €76.3 million plus interest from NOS, the umbrella organisation of public broadcasters in the Netherlands, following an investigation under EC Treaty state aid rules into ad hoc payments from the Dutch State to the publicbroadcasters between 1994 and 2005. 

The investigation has shown that the payments went beyond the financial needs of broadcasters for public service purposes and resulted in NOS building up financial reserves.