03 February 2008

EU / DE - Commission inquires into restrictions on gambling services in Germany

The European Commission has decided to send to Germany an official request for information on national legislation restricting the supply of gambling services. This new inquiry focuses on a number of provisions of the new legislation which entered into force on 1.1.2008: the total prohibition of games of chance on the Internet, notably sports betting; advertising restrictions on TV, on the Internet or on jerseys or billboards; and the prohibition on financial institutions to process and execute payments relating to unauthorised games of chance.