September 19, 2013 08.42 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul
The European Commission has been strongly criticised by Bulgaria’s government for taking the country to the EU’s Court of Justice over controversial DTT licence awards.
According to Novinite, it argues that the arguments used by Brussels are “unclear, incorrect and inconsistent” and adds that Bulgaria will insist that the court rules in its favour.
The row between Bulgaria and the European authorities dates back to 2009, when then country awarded multiplex licences without, in the Commission’s view, doing so “under open, transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate criteria”.
The EU Court of Justice effectively began legal proceedings last month and should it rule against Bulgaria could impose fines of €8,448 a day.