EU court says countries can ban online gambling

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EU court says countries can ban online gambling

EU countries can ban online gambling if their aim is to combat fraud, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the multi-billion euro online betting industry seeking to break domestic monopolies.


The European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) issued rulings on two separate challenges involving online gambling in the Netherlands.

De Lotto, a Dutch non-profit-making foundation which offers games of chance, had asked a Dutch court to stop residents from using British bookmaker Ladbrokes' online gambling operation as it was not licensed in the Netherlands.

Ladbrokes appealed to the Dutch Supreme Court after the lower court backed De Lotto. And the Dutch Supreme Court asked the ECJ in 2008 to rule whether the Dutch licensing system was compatible with EU law allowing for the free movement of goods and services across the 27-country European Union.

(Reuters)
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