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Satellite dish planning regulations in Costa Blanca, Spain
EU directive IP/01/913 - 2 July 2001.
Commission sets out the right to use a satellite dish in the internal market.

Administrative obstacles:It is not acceptable to make the installation of a satellite dish subject to systematic prior authorisation or completion of a complex and expensive administrative procedure.

Simply put, it is within your rights as an EU member citizen, to receive your own language television in a fellow EU member state, via a satellite dish - without planning permission or taxes.

Click for downloadable PDF - EU directive - In English
Click for downloadable PDF - EU directive - In Spanish

Coast Rider - October 2008 - Satellite Dishes in San Fulgencio

Following on from last weeks article on the requirements laid down by the Town Hall in San Fulgencio for permissions required to erect a satellite dish, the Coast Rider received a communiqué from one of the residents, who had been in touch with Mike Blake, one of the AIM councillors in San Fulgencio. Mike sent a copy of an extract from the European Community website which would be of interest to those thinking of erecting a dish. The whole document is rather long winded but the following are the salient points, which should be of interest to many readers.

The European Commission has adopted a Communication in which it states that private individuals should be free to use satellite dishes without undue technical, administrative, urban planning or tax obstacles.

This communication is the first initiative under the new Strategy for Services, launched in January 2001. One of the many concrete benefits for European consumers is the free movement of goods and services within the Internal Market. The communication stresses that private individuals, as the final users of these services, can cite the free movement of goods and services, fundamental principles which must be directly applied in national law. In addition, the right to receive information via satellite dish is related to the fundamental right to freedom of expression, which is established by the European Convention on Human Rights.

Technical barriers: Regulations on the characteristics of satellite dishes can hinder not only the movement of goods but also the movement of the services which they carry.

Tax obstacles: The Commission reiterates its opposition to taxes which are specifically targeted at satellite dishes.

It has already expressed its opposition as part of infringement procedures for violation of Article 49 of the Treaty (free movement of services); it recalls the case law of the Court of Justice, which has upheld private individuals' right to obtain reimbursement of such taxes from their national courts, subject to the formal and substantive requirements of national law. Moreover, independent of the right to lodge a complaint or obtain a refund, a tax collected in violation of a fundamental freedom under Community law may cause the Member State in question to become liable.
Should you have any issues with your local town hall, Television Technology will be happy to assist you in any required documentation and translation.

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