EU moves toward ruling on German gambling law

The European Commission plans to decide within weeks whether to step up legal action against Germany over that country’s recent move to ban online gambling, a spokesman for the commission in Brussels said Tuesday.The German law came into effect on Jan. 1, banning Web-based betting, with the exception of wagers on horseracing, and restricting other forms of gambling to state-run operators. The law sets Germany apart from other European Union countries, some of which have been moving to open state-run betting monopolies to private competitors, and moves it closer to the United States, where the Bush administration has tried to stamp out online gambling.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/01/15/technology/gamble.phpBetting industry urges EU action vs. German ban [Reuters]
Europe’s online gaming industry filed a complaint with the European Commission on Tuesday, saying Germany’s ban on online gambling breaks EU law on the free movement of services.
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