EU finds that US ban violates WTO rules


RIP Brian
Feb 22, 2001
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BRUSSELS - The European Union urged the United States on Wednesday to open talks on scrapping a ban on foreign online gambling companies, saying it breaks global trade rules.

The EU says it could seek compensation from the World Trade Organization because the 2006 ban unfairly prevents foreign Internet gambling sites from operating in the United States.....


Ueber Meister Mouse
Sep 12, 2004
I receive FSC web updates and statements via email, this was in yesterday's mail:

June 10, 2009

Frank Statement on European Commissions Report on U.S. Internet Gambling Laws

Washington, DC Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank released the following statement in response to a European Commission report released today that investigated U.S. internet gambling laws and their enforcement against European Union companies. The report concludes that the U.S. measures constitute an obstacle to trade that is inconsistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. It also concludes that U.S. laws deny access and discriminate against foreign suppliers of gambling and betting services inconsistently with U.S. WTO obligations.

This is further argument for repealing the law which currently restricts the personal freedom of American adults to gamble online. This report particularly shows the inconsistency of the Bush Administration, which frequently argued we had to abide by the WTO even when it cost American jobs, but ignored the WTO when it didnt fit the conservatives ideological beliefs.

4 of a kind

Repeated violations of forum rule 1.16 - troll
Mar 11, 2009
New York
These same arguments have been going on since the UIGEA was passed.

The only difference and new hope now is the Obama administration. Maybe just maybe they could get this one right...