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EU Speaks Out Against Dutch and Greek Gaming Monopolies

Law, 2008-03-01, by Ozone

On Thursday, the European Commission sent a formal request to Dutch and Greek authorities to remove their monopoly-friendly gaming restrictions. The two countries have acted against EU rules which protect against the exclusion of foreign gaming competitors. This message came at a time when Dutch authorities were prepared to issue an exclusive online gaming license to state-run Holland Casinos.

Greece's gaming monopoly, OPAP, has been maximizing its profits by offering their services outside of Greek borders while simultaneously restricting foreign competitors.

The EU warned the two countries they have two months to act on the request before facing legal action.

Secretary general Sigrid Ligné said, "Today's reasoned opinions send a clear signal that national gaming legislation, which does not serve any genuine consumer protection or public order interest, has no future."

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