E C J Rules 'Protectionist' German Gambling Sector 'Unjustifiable'

Published Wednesday, September 08, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

The European Court of Justice is a judicial body that takes care of disputes that arise within the European Union. It has been occupied of late with issues regarding electronic commerce free trade within the Union.
Recent rulings that have had a great deal impact on the online gambling industry in Europe have done little to clarify the rules the European Union has within it's mandate.
According to the Bloomberg News Agency a ruling on the German gambling sector, which was deemed "protectionist" is considered "unjustifiable" and should be revamped.
The ECJ headquartered in Luxembourg stated, "The German rules do not limit games of chance in a consistent and systematic manner," Continuing, the ruling stated,  "In such circumstances, the preventive objective of that monopoly can no longer be pursued, so that the monopoly ceases to be justifiable."
The European Gaming and Betting Association's, secretary general, Sigrid Ligné, was pleased with the ruling from the court, "This is a landmark ruling which will have a decisive impact on the much needed reform in Germany. Other Member States have opened or are opening their markets and moving away from a monopoly regime to a multi-operator licensing system.
Ligné, continued, "They show that consumers can be better protected in a market that is both regulated and open to competition. German politicians should face up to these market realities and take their responsibility towards German consumers. It signals the end of the German online gaming ban and will bring legal security to EU online gaming operators and German consumers alike."
Monopolies in Europe continue to make work for the courts and those who want to see a level playing field for operators and consumers with the European Union.
Confusion is still prevalent regarding the laws concerning online gambling and advertising of online gambling products in certain E.U. countries.


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