The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has supported a 2009 decision made by the European Commission and ordered BT to pay make repayments of over £16m, due to exemptions the company received from pension rules.

The UK government introduced the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) in 2004 and granted an exemption to BT, which the European Commission ruled constituted state aid and was therefore illegal.

BT has said that it is disappointed by the courts dismissal of the appeal, but has accepted the decision.

In delivering their judgement, ECJ judges said: "The court hereby dismisses the appeal and orders British Telecommunications plc and BT Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd to pay the costs."

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