One 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…
EC Challenges Germans to Defend Online Gambling Policy The European Commission has joined the chorus of critics of Germany’s stalled online gambling regulatory regime. Late last month, the EC issued a formal rebuke of Germany’s three-year-old federal interstate gambling treaty. It’s been nearly one year since Germany awarded 20 federal […]
Belgium Online Gambling Prohibition Expands Online-Casinos.com - Regulations are regulations and in Belgium in the heart of the European Union that means fines of up to €100,000 for offering online gambling services without a license from the Belgian Gaming Commission.
Controversial regulations imposed in Belgium are in […]
EU’s Top Court to Consider UK Point-of-Consumption Tax The European Union’s top court will consider the legality of the UK’s online gambling point-of-consumption tax (POCT). The UK implemented its 15% POCT last December, shortly after the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) launched a preemptive legal challenge. The GBGA believes […]