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Some EU States Still Bucking Online Gambling Laws

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Although the European Union (EU) has set down hard and fast online gambling
regulations for its member states to follow, many EU states are stubbornly
refusing to amend their draconian and often monopolistic gambling policies which
is preventing a ‘level playing field’ for all European gaming operators.

While European countries such as the United Kingdom and Italy  have made huge
strides to ‘open up’ their gambling industries for the benefit of all
European online gambling firms
, others are reportedly still bucking
directives made by the European Commission (EC) to make their gambling
industries accessible by all.

Of the 27 EU states, a newly published report by a reputable European gambling
organization has revealed that 19 are still reportedly attempting to set up a
network of national licensing regimes. As a result, it seems that online
gambling-friendly jurisdictions such as the UK and Malta are being increasingly

According to the report, even as other EU member states follow the leads of
Italy and the UK in expressly regulating internet gambling, the majority of
European jurisdictions are continuing to restrict access to their gambling
markets to those operators they choose to license and their government-approved

The report has demonstrated just how divided the EU is regarding the subject of
online gambling, a growing internet pastime worth billions of pounds in revenues
each year. Since its inception over a decade ago, online gambling has always
been a contentious and controversial issue, and one that continues to rage

However, Harry Ashton, one of the contributors of the report entitled Market
Barriers: A European Online Gambling Study 2009 had this to say, ‘We have
clearly recognized the increasing desire among European media groups,
terrestrial gaming operators and state-sanctioned lotteries to embrace online

‘On the one hand, this represents new competition for internet gaming operators
and on the other hand it provides an ideal 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,’ he said.

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