Extension of Dutch FM licences delayed
The Dutch commercial radio stations were informed a few months ago of the conditions under which their current FM licences, due to expire next year, would automatically be extended to 2017. These conditions included an commitment to invest in digital radio, and in most cases payment of a specified sum of money.
However, the acting Minister of Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven, now says that the matter needs further investigation. She had sent a draft agreement to the Council of State, the highest court in the land, who advised her that it was possibly in breach of EU law.
Ms Van der Hoeven has told the Lower House that, as an outgoing Minister, she cannot deal further with the matter, and that it will be up to her successor in the new government to proceed. Details of what is in the letter from the Council of State have not been made public.
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