BETTING MONOPOLY

Swede pushes for EU commission to act

Swedish EU -parliamentarian Christofer Fjellner is urging the EU-commission to take action against Sweden’s delay in dealing with the state monopoly on betting.  In 2007 the commission threatened to bring the matter to court if the market wasn’t opened up to foreign betting companies. However, nothing has as of yet been resolved.

In a letter to José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, sent just before Christmas, Fjellner demanded that the commission reach a decision.

The president of Svenska Spel, Margareta Winberg recently told TT that she was convinced that the current Swedish betting regulations, with a few minor alterations, could fit within European betting legislation. However, according to TT’s sources within the commission, they believe that Sweden has not done anything concrete to resolve matters.

“We need an inner market for betting in the EU that works, the current situation in Sweden is a great example that it isn’t,” said Fjellner to Swedish News Bureau TT.

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