Online Gambling Laws in E.U. Fragmented

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2009 -

Certain European Union countries are not being compliant when it comes to E.U. rules on e-commerce freedom. Internet gambling is getting a rough ride when it comes to a level playing field for all operators.

Certain E.U members are plainly refusing to make necessary changes to their laws and allow online gambling operators access to their markets. A report by published by Gambling Compliance has revealed how the 27 member states of the European Union are positioned to handle the controversial subject of online gambling within their borders.

Debates are on going in at least 19 of the E.U. member nations which are trying to set up a network of national licensing regimes. These moves are in many ways isolating the more liberalized jurisdictions such as the U.K. and Malta.
"Even as other EU member states follow the leads of Italy and the UK in expressly regulating internet gambling, the vast majority of European jurisdictions will continue to restrict access to their gambling markets to those operators they license and their government-sanctioned monopolies" states Gambling Compliance report called 'Market Barriers: A European Online Gambling Study 2009'

The report captures Europe's online gaming sector at a critical stage as it morphs into one regulated by a series of national regimes, notes Gambling Compliance's Harry Ashton who is head of legal and regulatory research, adding that there are also new business opportunities emerging both for private operators and for traditional casino operators and national lotteries.

"We have clearly seen the increasing desire among media groups, terrestrial gaming operators and state-sanctioned lotteries to embrace online gambling" "On the one hand, this represents new competition for internet gaming operators. However, it also provides an opportunity for them to offer their expertise to new market entrants either through partnerships and white label deals, or as software or payments solutions providers." Mr.Ashton commented.

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