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"Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Rule" defined by the monopoly operators, European Lotteries

The European Lotteries has presented their own white paper outlining "Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Rule" and "The Equalization of Opportunity Bill" including:

 

1. EU member states should be able to create whatever gaming legislation they want even if it breaks the concept of free trade, legal consistency and anti-trust protection.

2. EU should focus is policing resources on coordinating information about non-monopoly operators.

3. EU should use any and all necessary tools to implement the protection of monopoly operators including IP/DNS blocking, payment blocking, blacklisting etc.

4. "Unfair operator principle" should be implemented meaning that operators should be banned in all countries if one country doesn't like them.

5. EU should regonize the benefit of monopoly operators for the good of society.

 

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http://www.gamingintelligence.com/premium-news-and-archive/16914-lotteries-promote-eu-wide-action-against-illegal-operators

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EU is planning to regulate offshore online egaming sites, Gambling911

EU is planning to regulate offshore online egaming sites, Gambling911 | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The European Union will publish an action plan later this year to rein in illegal and “unregulated” online gambling. The paper will include measures to clamp down “on the many illegal websites, often hosted in offshore havens,” that offer gambling services, Michel Barnier, the EU internal market chief, said in a speech in Brussels today.

 

Also, there is a large amount of consumer protection in there - making sure sites behave appropriately (preventing underrage gambling, being open and honest, not ripping people off, etc). What they're proposing is essentially an EU version of the UK's Gambling Act.

 

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-27/eu-plans-illegal-online-gambling-crackdown-rules-on-legal-sites.html

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EU court promotes cross-border gambling advertisement, Recent Poker

The European Court of Justice has ruled that an EU Member State cannot prohibit gambling advertising from another Member State merely on grounds that the protection guaranteed in that Member State is not identical to the domestic rules.

 

* When granting advertising permits "the levels of protection for gamblers that exist in the various legal systems concerned must first be compared."
 
* A Member State can require that "the applicable legislation ensures protection against the risks of gaming that is in essence of a level equivalent to that which it guarantees itself".  But, it cannot require "the rules in the other Member State to be identical" to its own, which would be disproportionate.
 
The ruling is a further illustration of the need for harmonisation of online gambling laws in EU States, the trade body European Gaming and Betting Association said.

 

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http://www.casinochoice.co.uk/2012/07/17/ecj-upholds-cross-border-ad-ban/

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