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EU Calls for Gambling Liberalization

Published torsdag 28 juni 2007 kl 13.11
Legalized state gambling

The European Commission has threatened Sweden with legal action in the European Union’s highest court, if it fails to satisfy concerns about restrictions on sports betting.

The EU’s executive arm gave Stockholm two months to answer its concerns about restrictive practices that discourage betting companies from other EU countries from breaking into the Swedish market.

According to the Commission, the restrictions are not compatible with existing EU law, because they restrict the free movement of sports betting services between member states.

France faces similar legal proceedings as Sweden, and Greece received an official request for information on whether its sports betting laws were in line with EU rules.

Although the European Commission is not seeking to liberalize the sports gambling market, it has recently been leading an offensive against state monopolies in the sector, which it says keep out newcomers.

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