The European Commission must take urgent action against restrictive markets, like Belgium’s, to stop “irreparable and unjustifiable” damage being done to the online gambling industry, according to operators.
Trade groups, analysts and investors called yesterday for the European Union’s executive body to speed up its investigation into 20 countries’ gambling regimes and punish the most blatant breaches of EU law.
The Remote Gambling Association, which represents dozens of European online gambling companies, said “irreparable and unjustifiable damage” will be done unless the commission takes firmer action.
Belgian authorities questioning Bwin.Party’s co-chief executive, in Brussels to lobby for equal treatment within the EU, was the latest “injustice”, said Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the RGA.
“If the European Commission does not take the opportunity now, it might be lost forever. It is a critical moment,” added Brian Wright, the RGA’s business director. ...