EC Ponders Fairness of Online Gambling Laws

EU 3One of the heads of the European Commission recently expressed concern over gambling laws implemented by some European Union nations and, in what may come as a shock, her concern was that they were too restrictive. Answering a parliamentary question last week, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska said that the requirement of some countries that online gambling operators have a physical office in the country merits discussion.

The question was posed by European Parliament member David Casa of Malta on June 9th, 2015:

In a particular national gambling law that has been notified to the Commission it is being suggested that a remote gaming licence may only be provided to operators that have a land-based presence or intend to do so within a particular time-frame following the obtaining of such licence.

Can the Commission comment on the compatibility of this provision with the fundamental freedoms?

It took three months (she likely has a lot on her plate), but Elżbieta Bieńkowska finally responded…

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