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Judgment of the General Court (First Chamber) of 15 December 2016.
Dimosia Epicheirisi Ilektrismou AE (DEI) v European Commission.
Competition — Abuse of dominant position — Greek market for the supply of lignite and Greek wholesale electricity market — Decision establishing specific measures to correct the anti-competitive effects of an infringement of Article 86(1) EC, in conjunction with Article 82 EC — Article 86(3) EC — Obligation to state reasons — Proportionality — Freedom of contract.
Case T-421/09 RENV.

Court reports – general – 'Information on unpublished decisions' section

Judgment of the General Court (First Chamber) of 15 December 2016 — DEI v Commission

(Case T‑421/09 RENV)

(Competition — Abuse of dominant position — Greek market for the supply of lignite and Greek wholesale electricity market — Decision establishing specific measures to correct the anti-competitive effects of an infringement of Article 86(1) EC, in conjunction with Article 82 EC — Article 86(3) EC — Obligation to state reasons — Proportionality — Freedom of contract)

1. 

Acts of the institutions—Statement of reasons—Obligation—Scope—Decision to apply competition rules

(Art. 253 EC)

(see paras 109, 110)

2. 

Actions for annulment—Grounds—Lack of or inadequate statement of reasons—Separate ground from the one concerning substantive legality

(Arts 230 EC and 253 EC)

(see para. 111)

3. 

EU law—Principles—Fundamental rights—Contractual freedom—Restrictions—Lawfulness—Conditions—Restrictions made in application of the competition rules

(Art. 6(3) TEU; Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Art. 16; Art. 86(3) EC)

(see paras 130-144)

4. 

Competition—Public undertakings and undertakings enjoying special or exclusive rights granted by the Member States—Powers of the Commission by virtue of its duty of surveillance—Decision establishing specific measures to remedy the anti-competitive effects of a breach of the competition rules—No breach of principle of proportionality

(Art. 86(3) EC)

(see paras 147-162)

Re:

APPLICATION based on Article 263 TFEU and seeking the annulment of Commission decision C(2009) 6244 final of 4 August 2009 establishing specific measures to correct the anti-competitive effects of the infringement identified in the Commission Decision of 5 March 2008 on the granting or maintaining in force by the Hellenic Republic of rights in favour of DEI for the extraction of lignite.

Operative part

The Court:

1. 

Dismisses the action;

2. 

Orders Dimosia Epicheirisi Ilektrismou AE (DEI), in addition to bearing its own costs, to pay those incurred by the European Commission;

3. 

Orders the Hellenic Republic to bear its own costs.

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