In Brief: Case T-58/13, Club Hotel Loutraki AE and Others v Commission (judgment of 08.01.2015)* On Thursday the 8th January the GC dismissed all four pleas in the action for annulment of the Commission Decision finding that the exclusive rights granted to operate 35 000 Video Lottery Terminals and 13 games of chance were not State aid. Background to the case On the 1st of December 2011 the Greek authorities notified the Commission about two measures granted in favour of the football results forecasting body, OPAP. These gave OPAP (1) an exclusive licence to operate 35 000 Video Lottery Terminals for a period of 10 years, upon payment of €560 million (the ‘VLT agreement’) and (2) a prolongation of the rights already granted to operate 13 games of chance for a period of a further 10
The EU General Court confirms the Commission decision holding that the Greek scheme of exclusive rights for lottery did not contain State Aid (Club Hotel Loutraki)
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