The EU Commission finds that Greece has infringed art. 86(1) in conjunction with art. 82 of the EC Treaty by maintaining the preferential access to lignite in favour of the incumbent Greek electricity provider (Public Power Corporation)

"The importance of access to fuels for competition in the electricity sector: the case of lignite in Greece"* On 5 March 2008 the Commission adopted a Decision finding that the Hellenic Republic had infringed Article 86(1) in conjunction with Article 82 of the EC Treaty by maintaining the preferential access to lignite in favour of the incumbent Greek electricity provider, Public Power Corporation (PPC). The Hellenic Republic had thereby conferred a competitive advantage on PPC in the wholesale electricity market, because lignite is the most competitive source of electricity generation in the Greek market. This action maintained and strengthened the dominant position of PPC in that market and created inequality of opportunity between economic operators. The abovementioned Decision

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Philippe Chauve, Polyvios Panayides, The EU Commission finds that Greece has infringed art. 86(1) in conjunction with art. 82 of the EC Treaty by maintaining the preferential access to lignite in favour of the incumbent Greek electricity provider (Public Power Corporation), 5 March 2008, e-Competitions March 2008, Art. N° 35237

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