The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a Judgment finding that a Greek law, which gives the Greek motor sports federation the right to authorise events in Greece, is incompatible with European competition law. This case arose when the federation, which also organises and markets motor racing events, failed to authorise a series of events organised by an independent organiser. The ECJ considered that the conflict of interest between the federation’s commercial interests and its public duties gave rise to the risk of abuse where, as in this case, there was no mechanism for independent review of the federation’s decision. The ECJ found the law facilitated the risk of an abuse of a dominant position by the Greek federation and was therefore in violation of European competition law.
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ECJ declares Greek law regulating sports events illegal
- McDermott Will & Emery
- Benoît Keane
- European Union, Greece
- July 4 2008
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