REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesThe European Commission is set to launch an infringement procedure against Italy over a media law potentially curbing Vivendi's (VIV.PA) interests in the country, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Friday.
The Commission raised questions over the validity of the law, approved by Rome in November, which allowed national communications regulator AGCOM to start an investigation into Vivendi's Italian assets to evaluate whether these holdings are harmful to media plurality.
"The Commission considers such rules protecting media pluralism contained in the Italian law of November should have been notified under the transparency directive", a European Commission spokesman said at a weekly briefing on Friday.
"I can also say that we are looking into compliance of the adopted law with the relevant union law," the spokesman added.
Vivendi had lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the Italian law, saying it was aimed at helping Mediaset, controlled by the family of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a long running legal dispute against the French group.
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