RGA Calls on Mandelson to Pressurise US
By staff
The head of the Remote Gambling Association has called on the British Trade Commissioner for the European Union, Peter Mandelson, to push hard for solid compensation from the United States following its withdrawal from World Trade Organisation treaty obligations regarding online gaming.

The London-based lobby group represents some of the world's largest remote gambling companies with a single voice on issues of importance to regulators, legislators and key decision makers around the globe.

The European Union is currently in negotiations with the US Trade Representative on a claim for compensation worth up to $100 billion along with claims from six other nations with talks extended until December 14. The United States was given the extra time to consider the claims, make counter offers or seek final arbitration via the World Trade Organisation.

“The European Union clearly hasn’t accepted the first offer,” said Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive Officer for the Remote Gambling Association. “But it needs to do more. The UK is clearly a big player and we want the UK Government to press the European Union to hold a strong line.”

Hawkswood was in Brussels, Belgium, headquarters of the European Union, to lead a delegation from gaming companies in discussions on the issue with Mandelson to help underline the importance of securing a fair deal from the Americans.

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