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Article - 24th November 2010

Maltese gaming industry to benefit as France lifts restrictions

Extract from Times of Malta

France has finally liberalised its on-line gaming industry, a development which is expected to directly benefit Malta, which hosts many on-line gaming companies.The European Commission announced today that it had closed infringement procedures against France as it was now satisfied that French citizens have access to a wider choice of duly authorised on-line gambling services as a result of amendments to French laws... Read more >>

Article - 27 Oct, 2010

Germany‘s Gambling Treaty Loses Four More Backers

Extract from GamblingCompliance : Daniel Macadam

Opposition to the current Interstate Gambling Treaty in Germany is mounting, with as many as six regional governments now suggesting that sports betting should be liberalised. The regions’ prime ministers indicated they were in favour of overturning the current state monopoly on sports betting in a meeting last week between the heads of all 16 German regions, according to local press. Read more >>

Article - 18 Oct, 2010

France‘s Slow Start Gives Rise To Awkward Questions

Extract from GamblingCompliance : Graham Wood

With initial figures indicating that the French betting market has so far not developed as hoped, competition watchdogs are busy gathering operator feedback as the regime faces up to further legal challenges. Since June, when the new online gaming regime came into force, the first four months of activity have, according to media reports, produced a turnover of around € 1bn. Jean-François Vilotte, president of gaming authority ARJEL recently confirmed that spend on sports betting amounted to € 262m in the period from June 8 to October 8, € 151m of which was related to betting on football (of which €65m was staked on the World Cup) and € 63m on tennis.

Article - Brussels, 13th October 2010

‘Balanced’ Barnier Sheds Light On Green Paper In Brussels

Extract from GamblingCompliance : Daniel Macadam

Figures from across the European gambling industry breathed a sigh of relief yesterday, as European Commissioner Michel Barnier delivered a ‘balanced’ speech about his much anticipated Green Paper. The Internal Market Commissioner was speaking publicly for the first time since February about the discussion document that will trigger an EU-wide consultation on internet gambling. The Green Paper would be submitted to the European Parliament very soon, Barnier said, and was keen to stress that he would approach the debate during the consultation "without any preconceived ideas and without prejudice". Read more >>