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New regulations violate shareholders' and agents' rights, OPAP says

OPAP files USD 1B claim against Greek government

OPAP files USD 1B claim against Greek government
The Greek Government’s introduction of new lottery regulations was met with an aggressive response from domestic gaming monopoly OPAP who filed a Euro 1 Billion (USD 1.058B) damages claim against the Government.
Greece | 12/01/2015

The Greek Government’s introduction of new lottery regulations was met with an aggressive response from domestic gaming monopoly OPAP who filed a Euro 1 Billion (USD 1.058B) damages claim against the Government.

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he new lottery industry regulations from the Hellenic Gaming Commission go against a contract for the concession of the operating license of 35000 VLTs, OPAP said, and violates shareholders’ and agents’ rights regarding internet betting and the imposition of a Euro 0.05 per bet tax.

Referring to the concession contract written in 2000, OPAP stressed “it maintains the monopoly in the market” highlighting a clause that also says: “it [OPAP} maintains the exclusive right to implement the game in any appropriate fashion.”

Following a written warning to the Finance Ministry of Athens, the complaint was reportedly lodged with the London Court of International Arbitration, this week.

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