European Union Unlikely to Ban Online Gambling

Posted on 21/12/08 - by Theodor Mavrodis News

Unlike in the United States, gamblers living in the European Union can access almost any online casino of their preference. Industry experts believe that this positive attitude towards online gambling will not change in the near future.

Special Circumstances
In theory the European Union member states could take precautionary measures against online gambling yet only in very special circumstances. However this would be rather unlikely and such a case would be immediately investigated by the European Commission in order to prevent any unfair trade barrier.

Industry Expert
The CEO of the Remote Gambling Association, Clive Hawkswood, comments to this as follows: "There is little chance that any of the European member states would implement such measures on the likes of online gambling."

On Top of Things
The European Commission certainly is on top of things when it comes to industries that possibly suffer from unfair protective measures. In 2006 it sent out official requests to member states Austria, France, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden to provide information about restrictive laws and measures on online gambling. 

When you love online gambling you are lucky if you happen to live somewhere in Europe. However, with the recent election of Barack Obama as the new president of the States some of the often mentioned change may also hit the online gambling sector. Recently a online gambling legal specialist declared that with Obama in the White House the UIEGA could very soon become a thing of the past.