Jan 25, 2013

European Court Rules Greek Monopoly in Violation of EU Law

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has finally issued a ruling that breaks OPAP’s Greek Gaming Monopoly.

EU licensed operators have been given the green light to make immediate applications to offer online gaming, including poker, in Greece.

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) have both welcomed the news. CEO of the RGA, Clive Hawkswood announced: “The Court today has come out strongly against Greece, and we hope that this will in turn be a signal to other Member States that compliance with EU law is expected of them.”

At the EGBA, Sigrid Ligné, Secretary General said, “Given the factual setup of OPAP’s monopoly which clearly fails to meet the CJEU test we hardly expect effective control to be implemented in the future. Therefore, Greece should follow the Court’s clear advice to liberalise the market.”

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