Amend­ment paves way for state to re­turn funds

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Greek MPs yes­ter­day ap­proved an amend­ment paving the way for the re­im­burse­ment of some 85 mil­lion eu­ros paid as a first in­stall­ment to the state by pri­vate TV sta­tions for the ac­qui­si­tion of na­tional broad­cast­ing li­censes fol­low­ing last year’s gov­ern­ment-su­per­vised auc­tion. Later last year, a court ruled that the process fol­lowed by the gov­ern­ment was in vi­o­la­tion of Greece’s Con­sti­tu­tion. Back­ing the amend­ment yes­ter­day, op­po­si­tion par­ties ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of ar­ro­gance and an in­so­lence in ig­nor­ing the pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion when it pressed ahead with the com­pe­ti­tion last year, ef­fec­tively by­pass­ing the in­de­pen­dent Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Coun­cil (ESR). ESR is to over­see a new com­pe­ti­tion for pri­vate li­censes.

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