Patriotic defence or nationalistic attack?

The decision of the European Union not to include online texaws holdem poker gaming within its already controversial Services Directive, has been lauded and bombarded according to whichever gaming association currently has the microphone. However, the ramifications are far reaching and already there’s a series of countries across the Union that have frayed the edges of existing treaties. Most of the infractions lie with governments keen to ensure the monopoly rights to their lottery activities,

while at the same time closing down or denying access to private companies. There are several examples of countries across the EU that operate gaming monopolies, whether they are all encompassing, or just targeted at lotteries or online poker gaming. Italy’s recent decision to ban all foreign Internet access to its citizens is one example of such protectionism, with the government expected to issue lucrative sports-betting and VLT licenses in the near future.

  Access to off-shore Internet sites could affect the price of its licenses and hurt long-term domestic tax revenues. Having scored a hit with its AWP Comma 6A law, generating an official 1bn euros in tax revenue (and only in Italy could this official figure be juxtaposed with claims that the true sum is closer to 3bn), protecting its projected revenue from sports-betting and VLTs is top priority, despite breaking its free-trade commitments to the EU. In Germany, the protectionism of Bavaria’s sports-betting monopoly has also been challenged by the European Court of Justice, with the German authorities losing their case against private providers, because it failed to show that the monopoly was controlling problem gaming- the ultimate reason for state involvement. On one hand there is an EU commitment in principle to the free flow flow of capital across national borders to outlets where it can be most productive and supportive of competition. On the other hand there is mounting determination among certain   EU members to preserve long-cherished, sheltered national monopolies. France in particular is championing what it describes as ‘economic patriotism. ’ Here again, brussels has launched an ‘infringement procedure’ against   the Chirac administration, arguing that a controversial French decree protecting up to 11 sensitive sectors from foreign takeovers violates EU rules. Among the sectors deemed by Paris to be vital to national security is casino gambling. Elsewhere, the case continues in both the European Court of Justice against the Greek government’s electronic gaming ban ’ and the instigation of Norway’s gaming monopoly, which has also been opposed by the EFTA, with that decision passing through the courts too. Surely some over-arching legislation is needed?

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