Agreement on Remote Cross-boarder Gaming Could Take 10 Years
By philip
Jean Bergevin of the European Commission has said that a Pan-European agreement on cross-boarder igaming could be as much as a decade away. Speaking yesterday at iGGBA’s seminar on the future of gaming at the Bonnington Hotel in London, Mr Bergevin said that, while recent legal precedents have paved the way for such an agreement, the reality is that it will take a long time before it can become European law.

Recently, the European Courts have upheld complaints from remote gambling operators, such as in the Gambelli and Lindh cases, that member governments have no right to restrict cross-boarder trade, while monopolising domestic gaming operations.

Mr Bergevin went on to say that governments’ desire to protect their monopolisation of domestic national lotteries, an important source of revenue, is the key to their opposition to a cross-boarder gaming agreement. The EU, he added, is due to launch a study into the situation later this year.

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