Greece’s High Court Rules New TV License Law Unconstitutional



tvThe Council of State (CoS), Greece’s Supreme Court on administrative matters, ruled that the TV licensing procedures passed by the ruling SYRIZA party were not in line with the constitution with 14 ruling against it and 11 in favor.

The CoS convened in plenum amid controversy at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday with 25 judges debating the new TV law for almost six hours. The latest session, which was the fifth on the controversial issue, was held behind closed doors, and determined that the law was not in accordance with the Greek constitution.

Leaving the session following the decision, CoS President Nikos Sakellariou refused to comment, stating that he had said all that was necessary on the issue.

Weeks earlier, State Minister Nikos Pappas had said he would respect the decision of the CoS and would return to the previous situation if the law was found to be contrary to the constitution.

The decision annuls the law as well as the auction based on it even though the four winners of the auction have already paid the first installment of the 255 million euros.