|Following a sustained attack from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding its restricted Internet gambling market, French officials have initiated talks in Brussels to consider the opening up of the industry to foreign competitors.|
The ECJ has given France until October 29th to modify its online gambling legislation, which currently only permits native firms PMU and Française des Jeux to offer their services over the Internet. This policy has caused the French government to be in breach of article 49 of the European Treaty which allows for a free market in the service sector within the EU.
Petter Nylander, Chief Executive of Unibet, commenting on the talks, said: ‘We're listening, and the fact that there is a dialogue is encouraging. But customer demand and technology will always circumvent any of those restrictions. This is a step in the right direction but it's not good enough,’ he said.