|The Administrative Court of Appeal in the central German state of Hessen has this week overturned a ruling by a lower court that prohibited Austrian online casino group Bwin from offering its services to Germans.|
According to reports from Thomson Financial, the Court in Wiesbaden stated that it had considered the practicalities of the case and concluded that the impossibilities of enforcing a ban on Internet gambling rendered the law ‘null and void’ for all intents and purposes.
Monopolistic policies on online betting have continued in Germany despite that nation's full membership of the European Union and its implied obligation to allow free passage of trade and services to other European Union member nations.
While the European Commission has been active in pressuring a number of member states to comply with the reciprocal principles of trade requirements, officials in Germany remain slow to accept the inevitability of European law. The Commission has even threatened European Court of Justice litigation to open up restrictive markets and a meeting of the heads of Germany’s 16 states has been scheduled for later this year to discuss ways of prolonging their lucrative monopolistic policies.