European Union Strikes at France and Sweden over Online-Gambling Access

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The European Union has issued a ‘reasoned decision’ against France and Sweden for those countries’ insistence on maintaining state-run gambling operations that discriminate against privately-owned, Internet-based companies based in other EU countries. Measures such as France’s exclusion of the Unibet-sponsored cycling team under national laws banning foreign gambling run counter to the EU’s free-trade directives, an important component in the EU’s other struggles, such as recent filing of a compensation claim against the United States in the ongoing World Trade Organization dispute with Antigua & Barbuda.

According to the official EU release, “The European Commission has taken action to put an end to obstacles to the free movement of sports betting services in France, Greece and Sweden. The Commission has formally requested France and Sweden to amend their laws[...]. These formal requests take the form of ‘reasoned opinions,’ the second stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.”

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