Litigation Recent Decisions 01/10/96

Exemption from competition rules the European Broadcasting Union agreement on transmission of sporting events

Metropole Television SA v European Communities Commission (1996).

Summary: Directive exempting European Broadcasting Union agreement from competition rules annulled.

Application under art.173 EC Treaty by television companies who were non-members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for annulment of the exemption from EC competition rules by the European Commission of the EBU agreement giving EBU members exclusive rights to broadcast sports events.