EU Court Rules No Restrictions on Online Gambling for Economic Reasons

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that restricting online gambling is not an option for economic reasons.

Thursday’s decision also indicates that national laws restricting cross-border gambling are in violation of EU law.

The Court stated that “the principle of equal treatment, the obligation of transparency and the principle of legal certainty that the conditions of a tendering procedure [..] must be drawn up in a clear, precise and unequivocal way.”

Maarten Haijer, secretary general of the EGBA trade association, said: “We very much welcome the Court’s crystal clear conclusion that Member States cannot preclude cross border gambling activities in the EU. It confirms the CJEU’s regulatory “red lines” which member states cannot be allowed to cross. The time has come for the Commission to enforce those red lines in Member States’ national law – if needed through infringement proceedings.”

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