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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 26 Jul 2021

Collective management of copyright and neighbouring rights in Greece

Under the Copyright Law, certain copyright and related rights are subject to mandatory collective management, meaning that they can be exercised only through a collective management organisation (CMO). However, there have been disputes in Greece regarding whether this means that CMOs are entitled to collect the equitable remuneration not only for their members but also for all other rights......
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Rokas Law Firm | European Union, Greece | 14 Jun 2021

Approved Preventive Action Plan for security of gas supply

The Regulatory Authority for Energy recently approved the Preventive Action Plan, which regulates the measures to be taken to ensure the security of gas supply in compliance with the EU Gas Supply Standard Regulation. In addition, the plan sets out various obligations of the transmission system operator, natural gas providers and electricity producers using natural gas fuel.
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Rokas Law Firm | European Union, Greece | 7 Jun 2021

DESFA appointed as balancing forecasting party

The Energy Regulatory Authority has designated the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator SA as the balancing forecasting party for the Hellenic national natural gas system zone, in compliance with EU Commission Regulation 312/2014 on establishing a Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Networks. According to the regulation, the forecasting party is responsible for forecasting a......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 31 May 2021

Additional public consultation on process of changing electricity supplier

The Regulatory Authority for Energy recently announced an additional public consultation on the process of changing electricity supplier. Under the proposed scheme, a consumer may terminate the supply contract and change electricity supplier even when they have unsettled overdue debts, provided that, in a quarterly consumption period, these debts do not exceed certain amounts. In addition, a......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 17 May 2021

Amendments to Electricity Balancing Rulebook

The Regulatory Authority for Energy has issued a decision amending the Electricity Balancing Rulebook and establishing measures aimed at ensuring its proper functioning and effective competition in the market. The amendments concern the setting of limits in the submission of offers for upward and downward energy balancing and the suspension of the possibility of balancing service providers......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 10 May 2021

Regulatory Authority for Energy approves gas distribution network development for rest of Greece

Regulatory Authority for Energy Decision 1615/2020 – which approves the Public Gas Distribution Networks SA 2021 to 2025 development programme for the distribution network for the rest of Greece (ie, areas of Greece other than Attica, Thessalonica and Thessaly) – was recently published in the Official Journal. The approved programme is largely similar to the previously approved 2020 to 2025......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 19 Apr 2021

Rights in audiovisual works under Copyright Law

Pursuant to the Copyright Law, authors, artists, performers and producers who are involved in the creation of an audiovisual work are entitled to various rights relating to the broadcasting and reproduction of the work. This article explores the rights to which each party is entitled and the role of collective management organisations in the administration of such acts.
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Zemberis, Markezinis, Lambrou & Associates | Greece | 30 Mar 2021

Multiple damages caused by one contractor to another's works are not 'sudden and unforeseen' or a 'series of events'

The overlapping of construction activities is a project management technique which helps a project to be completed as quickly as possible. However, it inherently leads to increased risk and can jeopardise the insurance cover in place. In a recent case, the Greek courts found that the multiple damages which one constructor had caused to another's works were not sudden and unforeseen and did......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 29 Mar 2021

Regulatory Authority for Energy issues guarantees manual for Electricity TSO Code

In 2020 the Regulatory Authority for Energy issued Decision 1426/2020 – the guarantees manual for the Electricity Transmission System Operation Code. According to Section 11.3 of the code, all persons which are registered in the Electricity Transmission System Operator Register must provide sufficient guarantees throughout the duration of the power transmission operator transactions contract......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 22 Mar 2021

Acceleration of granting of permanent connection offers to RES stations

In December 2020 a new ministerial decision was published which, among other things, amended the ministerial decision concerning the determination of a special framework of priority for the granting of permanent connection offers to renewable energy source and high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power plants by the electricity network operator. This new legislative tool is orientated......
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