E.C. Objects to Romanian Online Gambling Proposal

Published Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

Romanian politics have seen the worst of times and now are seeing better times but when it comes to being a member of the European Union there seems to be a few problems arising.

A European Union member since 2007 the country has recently been under the scrutiny  of the European Court of Justice because of concerns over high levels of corruption.
The very public criticism of Romania provoked an immediate response from its president, Traian Basescu, who acknowledged shortcomings but said the European Commission had gone too far in saying Romania was not meeting its E.U. obligations. "I think the phrasing is unfair, and therefore I must react and show that Romania is meeting its commitments, that we are determined to see them through," Reuters reported.

Now a first draft proposal in front of the Romanian government to regulate online gambling in the country has the European Commission upset. It has issued a detailed opinion expressing reservations about the compatibility of the proposal with European Union law.

The European Gaming and Betting Association's Secretary General Sigrid Ligné, commented, "EGBA welcomes the Romanian government’s willingness to reform its online gaming and betting market. However, EGBA notes that Romania is the third country in the last 12 months to receive a detailed opinion from the European Commission and will have, as in the case of Denmark and Poland, to re-notify and adjust its draft legislation."
The Secretary General added, "While we support Romania’s legitimate wish to regulate its online gaming market, it is important from a consumer protection perspective that national gambling policies are consistent," Continuing Ligné said, "As confirmed by the ECJ in its recent rulings, there are less restrictive means than forced establishment to monitor and control the online gaming and betting market."
Romania must come to grips with the objections raised by the Commission and should the Romanian government not comply the E.C. could decide to launch infringement proceedings.





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