15 January 2008

EU - Betting industry urges action vs German ban

(Reuters)
Europe's online gaming industry filed a complaint with the European Commission, saying Germany's ban on online gambling breaks EU law on the free movement of services. "The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) calls on the European Commission to take swift action against the German Interstate Treaty on gaming," the lobby group said in a statement. The treaty came into force on Jan. 1 and bans online gaming and betting, except on horse racing, in Germany. The EGBA said the ban "is in direct contravention of European Union law".