Lambros Papadias

European Ombudsman (Strasbourg)
Head of Unit - Legal, Complaints and Inquiries

Lambros Papadias is Head of Unit - Legal, Complaints and Inquiries at the European Ombudsman. He is a lawyer, specialised in European law. He started his career with a major international City Law firm in Brussels, and then served as a “Référendaire” at the General Court of the EU in Luxembourg where he clerked for Judge A. Zalogeropoulos (1994-1998) and later for Judge M. Vilaras (1998-2000). In April 2000 he joined the antitrust Telecoms unit of DG Competition where he was involved in a number of antitrust cases; including the “UK roaming investigation”, “3G auctions” and other mobile issues. During that period he drafted the “Commission Guidelines on market definition and SMP”, the Commission Telecoms “Liberalisation Directive”, and the Commission Recommendation on “Article 7 Notifications”. In 2005, he joined DG COMP’s state aid unit where he dealt with digital terrestrial TV cases and broadband policy issues, and drafted the recent "Community Guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to rapid deployment of broadband networks in the telecoms sector" (September 2009). He has published and spoken regularly on general, state aid and antitrust law issues related to telecommunications. he became Deputy Head of Unit, responsible for fiscal State aid matters in 2009.

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1836 Bulletin

Alexander Riedl, Lambros Papadias, Norbert Gaál The European Commission addresses the issue of the market economy investor principle in a State aid case concerning the electronic communications sector (Citynet Amsterdam)


"Citynet Amsterdam: an application of the market economy investor principle in the electronic communications sector"* I. Introduction Broadband networks are considered to be the key infrastructure of the knowledge economy. Access to broadband services has become vital for businesses and (...)

Lambros Papadias The EU Commission approves State aid envisaged by the Greek government concerning its participation in the early voluntary retirement scheme in the telecommunications sector (OTE)


"OTE is calling: who’s going to pick up this call? Is it for the State? Reflexions on the recent Commission’s State aid decision"* I. Introduction On 10 May 2007, the Commission approved under Article 87.3 of the Treaty the Greek government’s envisaged participation to the Hellenic (...)

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