ECONOMY

Emma Delta calls on Supreme Court to check TAIPED, OPAP

Emma Delta, the consortium that has agreed to buy the controlling stake in OPAP gaming company, has requested the intervention of Greece’s Supreme Court prosecutor after state privatization fund TAIPED asked OPAP to sign the contract for the operation of state lotteries and for its technical supply by Intralot.

Representatives of the Czech-Greek consortium have also visited OPAP and TAIPED to protest because in their view the fund is intervening in favor of the validation of what they see as “an illegal and invalid agreement” that Emma Delta says should be examined after the concession of OPAP’s 33 percent stake to it.

The consortium alleges in an extrajudicial document that the procurement contracts OPAP is supposed to sign will cost the gaming company between 42 and 55 percent more than the international norm. Therefore the Emma Delta investors, led by Czech Jiri Smejc, believe that OPAP has not kept to the commitments made in its tender proclamation.

OPAP rushed to sign its technical supply agreement with Intralot on Friday upon TAIPED’s demand.