A preliminary inquiry is said to have suspended the process of the Hellenic Gaming Commission’s (EEEP) international tender for a casino permit at Hellinikon, following an appeal filed by global entertainment and hospitality brand, Hard Rock International.
According to an announcement by US-based Hard Rock, authorities ruled that “the appeal contains specific grounds and arguements for contesting the (tender) decision to which it attributes serious irregularities that require careful evaluation”.
According to authorites, Hard Rock’s appeal has raised important “legal and substantive issues” on the casino tender process and therefore needs further evaluation.
Hard Rock in January said it would file an appeal citing that “unfair and improper practices” took place in the Hellinikon integrated casino resort tender process in Athens after EEEP disqualified the company and selected the rival binding offer of US-based Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE).
It is reminded that the planned integrated resort and casino in Hellinikon is part of a wider project (8-billion-euro investment) to develop Greece’s former Hellinikon Airport site into a multi-purpose hub.
The Hellinikon site is planned to include a resort casino, metropolitan park, offices, shopping malls, cultural venues, health centers, educational and research facilities and a marina.