The EU General Court annuls a Commission decision concerning the exclusive rights granted by Greece in favour of a company for the extraction of lignite for the absence of proof of abusive conduct (DEI)

I. The Parties Dimosia Epicheirisi Ilektrismou AE (DEI) is the biggest power producer and electricity supplier in Greece. It holds assets in lignite mines, power generation, transmission and distribution. The Hellenic Republic holds 51.12% of its shares. Energeiaki Thessalonikis AE and Elliniki Energeia kai Anaptyxi AE (HE & DSA) are limited liability companies producing electricity in Greece. II. The Facts and the Commission decision Lignite, an ore of coal, is a combustible used for the production of electricity. It is the cheapest fuel available in Greece; the country’s reserves are estimated at about 4.5 million tonnes (Greece is the 5th lignite producer in the world and the 2nd in the EU). The Greek State owns almost all lignite deposits in the country and has granted

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Norman Neyrinck, Angeliki Valsamidou, The EU General Court annuls a Commission decision concerning the exclusive rights granted by Greece in favour of a company for the extraction of lignite for the absence of proof of abusive conduct (DEI), 20 September 2012, e-Competitions September 2012, Art. N° 51795

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