EU Says U.S. Online Gambling Laws Violate WTO Rules

Seeks negotiated solution

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The European Commission said today that U.S. laws restricting online gambling violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

The commission said WTO proceedings against the U.S. would be justified but that the EU would first seek a way to find a negotiated solution on the issue.

Catherine Ashton
Catherine Ashton

"It is for the US to decide how best to regulate Internet gambling in its market, but this must be done in a way that fully respects WTO obligations," said Catherine Ashton, EU Trade Commissioner.

"I am hopeful that we can find a swift, negotiated solution to this issue."

The European Commission launched an investigation into U.S. online gambling laws after receiving a complaint from the Remote Gambling Association. The investigation found that U.S. laws deny access and discriminate against foreign suppliers of gambling and betting services that go against U.S. WTO obligations.

European companies are still subject to legal proceedings by U.S. authorities based on their past activities in the U.S. online gambling market. The proceedings are continuing despite the withdrawal of European companies from the U.S. market in 2006 following changes in the U.S. regulatory framework.

The investigation pointed out U.S. companies are allowed to freely operate online gambling on horse racing in the U.S., while European companies cannot and face legal action.

EU Says U.S. Online Gambling Laws Violate WTO Rules
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  • http://www.roulettedealer.com/ dealer

    The WTO is not strong enough to influence the U.S. but the economic crisis will be the driving force for the new U.S. gambling regulation.

    • http://www.gambling-riches.com Robert

      Perhaps the two of them combined will be enough to overturn these stupid laws

  • http://www.nicomm.co.uk BT Phones

    A relaxation in UK Gambeling laws have created large social problems in the UK especially online betting.

    To such a degree we have scarpped our plasn for super casinos

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