An Opinion published Thursday by the European Court of Justice states that the gambling monopoly granted to Greece’s state controlled gaming operator OPAP under the country’s Gaming Law of 1996 was inconsistent with European Union law.

In the opinion of Advocate General Mazak, the Greek gambling legislation which granted certain exclusive gambling rights to OPAP and allowed for an expansion of its offerings was “manifestly inconsistent” and not necessary to attain the objectives stated, and was therefore not compliant with EU law.


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