E.C. Drops Online Gambling Compliance Complaints

Published Thursday, December 07, 2017 - Online-Casinos.com
E.C. Drops Online Gambling Compliance Complaints

The jurisdictions in the European Union have now been handed a go ahead letter from the European Commission stating the Commission will no longer bother with online gambling issues. Recently the E.C. told online gambling trade associations and other stakeholders in writing that all current infringement procedures against protectionist measures by online gambling interests in the E.U. will no longer be considered.

Confirmation of the decision also came to light recently with the E. C. stating it had a “political commitment to be more strategic in enforcing EU law,” and thus it was “not a priority for the Commission to use its infringement powers to promote an EU Single Market in the area of online gambling services.” The E.C. maintains it will continue to support member states in “efforts to modernize” their online gambling market and pledged to help facilitate cooperation between local gambling regulators.

Rulings were issued by the E.C. with regard to licensed E.U. online gambling operators giving them the right to access customers in EU member states. The EC is confident that gambling complaints “can be handled more efficiently by national courts” on the basis of these earlier responses. EU member states are allowed to restrict access to their gambling markets provided they can demonstrate that these actions are socially responsible.

The Secretary general of the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA), Maarten Haijer was not happy with the Commission’s hands off approach, declaring the decision,  “shows a baffling lack of understanding of the digital consumer” and he suggests that the E.C. is not “taking its role as guardian of the treaties seriously.”

Mr. Haijer stressed that the EC’s announcement “does not change the legal situation and – as the Commission states itself – cannot be read as any form of ‘greenlighting’ existing breaches of EU law in the Member States’ laws.”


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