Greek Monopoly In Trouble
By Staff
In Greece, the nation’s highest administrative court has recommended that the current monopoly enjoyed by State-owned gambling firm OPAP be referred to the European Court of Justice for a resolution.

Supported by the Government, OPAP has excluded foreign firms from offering gambling services in Greece and recently initiated high-profile raids on two shops run by StanleyBet International in the nation. Industry observers have suggested that this breaks European Union rules governing the free movement of trade and services between member nations.

The judges’ opinion stated that OPAP’s actions at keeping other firms from operating in Greece could not be attributed to efforts at reducing opportunities to gamble and protecting the public. OPAP has enjoyed its monopoly since 2000 and also offers its gambling services in other European Union member states.

“The opinion issued today clearly shows that the Greek authorities have discriminated against our company by acting in clear violation of the European Union Treaty,” said John Whittaker, Managing Director for StanleyBet.

“What further evidence does the Commission need to bring Greece before the European Court of Justice?”

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