Poste Italiane won European Union approval for about 1.56 billion euros ($2 billion) in Italian government subsidies for operating postal services from 2009 to 2011.
The European Commission approved the payments of 1.1 billion euros for providing public service postal deliveries and 458 million euros to compensate for reduced postal fees for publishers, non-profit organizations and political candidates.
The commission said in an e-mailed statement it initially treated the payments as illegal state aid because Italy hadn’t informed regulators of them in advance.
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