The European Commission has paid out nearly €172 million in compensation to Italy's Poste Italiane for its distribution of newspapers and publications from book publishers and non-profit organisations at reduced rates.

As the country's largest provider of postal services, Poste Italiane provides the distribution service after being tasked with preserving and fostering media plurality ain Italy.

The EU's state aid rules allow companies to be compensated if they have been entrusted with publ...

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