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Online Gambling 1: Europe Court Win For Stanleybet

Thursday, 8th March 2007

UK-based Stanleybet International has "won a major victory in the European Court Of Justice in the battle both to break down the Italian government's refusal to allow cross-border betting by telephone or the internet, but also generally to change European resistance to an open gambling market," reported racingpost.co.uk. The ruling (by an 11-judge panel of the ECJ in Luxembourg) said the state action in Italy was "a breach of EU law" & "reiterates ECJ findings in a similar 2003 case". The judges declared: "Legislation which prohibits, on pain of criminal penalties, the pursuit of activities in the betting & gaming sector without a licence or police authorisation issued by the state, places restrictions on the freedom of establishment & the freedom to provide services. The Italian criminal penalties for the collecting of bets by intermediaries acting on behalf of foreign companies are contrary to EU rules."

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