The European Court Of Justice Advocates Restrictions On Internet Gambling

16 October 2009

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) considers that the restriction and even illegalization of Internet betting and gambling does not violate community regulations as it contributes to the fight against fraud and criminality.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ), contrary to the official European Commission line of wanting to free up these activities, just ruled in their judgment dated September 8th, in favor of restrictions on Internet betting and gambling.

In the framework of a suit brought by two private Portuguese companies that had been fined for organizing and publicizing Internet gambling, the ECJ considered that any restrictions imposed by member states on companies organizing such activities are protected as they are a protective measure of public interest as well as a way to fight fraud and criminal activity due to the risk, as expressly stated in the sentence, of potentially influencing the outcome of different sporting events.

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