EU Tells Germany to Revise Online Gambling Ban
By Miriam H
The European Commission has warned German regions to think about revising plans to ban online gambling or face possible legal action, an official at the EU's executive arm said last week.

This current action is the latest in string of heated clashes between Brussels and European Union countries over the gambling industry, which is limited to state-controlled monopolies in several EU countries.

EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen wrote to German regional state governments on Friday, giving them a month to amend a draft agreement on the issue, the EU official stated, verifying earlier reports by Reuters.

'We asked Germany to reconsider the total ban on lottery and sports betting on the Internet. We think a proposed total ban is disproportionate and there are less restrictive measures, such as mandatory prior registration and strict guarantees on identification,' the Commission official said.

Britain and Austria, two countries with thriving online gaming industries, have already contested the ban.

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