Sweden's Reputation in Jeopardy Over Online Gambling Laws

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Online-Casinos.com
Sweden's Reputation in Jeopardy Over Online Gambling Laws

Scandinavia has been on the legal edge with regards to laws pertaining to online gambling in the region. Sweden a country known for being one of the most reputable countries in the world, according to a US-based Reputation Institute study. The recent announcement that the European Commission has brought Sweden to court over its failure to change its laws on online gambling and poker games which breach EU law on the free movement of services could change all that. The organisation’s Nicolas Georges Trad said in order to gain a strong reputation, a country must manage economic factors as well as social, political and cultural aspects. Georges Trad added that balancing these factors gives a country ‘personality’ and the ability to attract investment, tourists and talent. Canada came top of the pile for the third successive year, with Sweden jumping from third place last year to second place this time out.

Concerning the law suit about online gambling the Commission said in a statement, "Changes to the Swedish gambling law in order to make it compliant with EU law have long been envisaged but never implemented," In 2010 the ECJ upheld the Swedish law restricting internet gambling. The suit back then was brought by the publishers of two Swedish newspapers, Expressen and Aftonbladet, which both ran online gambling advertisements for several foreign agencies in 2004. The judgment comes at a time when the multi-billion euro industry is attempting to break the monopoly held by domestic "game of chance" agencies in many EU member states.

The cases that the E.U. has referred Sweden to the Court of Justice concerns licensing for online wagering and poker games. Sweden has only granted licenses to local gambling operators and state-owned organizations, which, according to the European Commission, contravenes European Union  regulations regarding the free movement of goods and services.

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