ii) Monopolies and the market economy investor principle* Several casinos in Greece appealed against Commission decision SA.33988 which found that an exclusive licence granted to OPAP, the Greek betting undertaking, to operate 35,000 video lottery terminals [exclusive rights 1] and the extension of existing exclusive rights to operate 13 games of chance [exclusive rights 2] were free of State aid. OPAP had to pay fees to the Greek state for both of these categories of exclusive rights. When the Commission examined the arrangements for each category of exclusive rights, it found that OPAP paid less than
The EU General Court explains that in the field of State aid it is not necessary to define precisely the relevant market in order to determine the existence of an advantage (Club Hotel Loutraki)
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