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Sweden Moves To Keep Bookmakers Out

Tuesday, 11th September 2007

Also in Europe, the Swedish Government "is working hard to keep bookmakers well outside their country borders," noted thoroughbredinternet.com. In an official response to the European Commission's inquiry into its restrictive gambling legislation, Swedish representatives said their laws "are proportionate & fit for the purpose of providing social protection & preventing crime". Even if Sweden is taken to the European Court Of Justice, "it is unlikely a ruling will be issued before 2010". With both Svenska Spel & horseracing betting operator ATG reporting strong growth in their web-based activities, the decision of the Swedish Government "appears to be an excuse to keep the huge revenues generated by gambling for as long as possible". A government source told eGaming Review: "The Swedish Government knows the European Commission is a slow moving animal, so really this is a cynical move to play for time."

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