14 October 2006

EU - European Commission threatens legal action on gambling

The European Commission has threatened legal action against France, Italy and Austria for restricting sports betting and gambling services, including banning foreign online gaming and casino operators. Its move, bringing to nine the number of EU countries whose gambling legislation is under investigation, was hailed as a shot in the arm by the €50bn European betting sector - several of whose leading executives have been prosecuted for offering cross-border services. see Commission Press Release.