|Tuesday, September 08, 2009|
|European Court ruling favors gambling monopolies|
In a long awaited ruling, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) reconfirmed that imposing restrictions on online gambling operators in order, for example, to fight fraud and crime is compatible with European Union principles of the freedom to provide services.
Austrian online operator and the Portuguese domestic football league were fined for promoting betting services to Portuguese citizen, which is against the national law that maintains a monopoly. In the following legal procedings, the European Court of Justice was asked for a ruling. It released its ruling today, stipulating:
This ruling kills the chances of any operator that aims to open up markets on the basis of the European Treaty and its provisions of free movement of services. Future legal proceedings are likely only going to test whether parts of national systems conform principles of proportionality or non-discrimination.