The European Commission re-launches gambling-related infringement proceedings
On 20 November, the European Commission re-launched its infringement proceedings in the area of online gambling, and called on a number of Member States to ensure compliance of their national regulatory frameworks with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). The Commission:
- Has requested Sweden to comply with EU rules on the free movement of services (Article 56 TFEU) with regard to the regulation and supervision of its gambling monopoly. Inquiries have been made about the cross-border provision of online sports betting and poker services and about issues such as advertising and sponsorship. If Sweden fails to act within two months, the Commission may refer these cases to the EU Court of Justice.
- Closed an infringement case against Finland on the compliance of the national provisions establishing exclusive rights for the offering of gambling services with EU law;
- Decided to send to Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania an official request for information on national legislation restricting the supply of gambling services. In these cases the Commission wishes to verify whether the measures in question are compatible with the free movement of services (Article 56 TFEU) and it has asked a number of questions in relation to the licensing procedure and conditions for the provision of gambling services.
Following the responses to these official requests for information, the Commission may decide to send a detailed Reasoned Opinion about the infringement to the Member State, requesting it to comply within a given time limit. If a Member State fails to fulfil one or more obligations under EU law, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.
Link to Press Release from the European Commission