The top European court on Tuesday prohibited Italy from prosecuting bookmakers based in other European countries, a ruling that private-sector gambling companies hailed as a milestone in their efforts to pry open European betting markets from the grip of state-run monopolies. Online operators have used licenses from one European Union member state to try to operate in neighboring countries, arguing that such activity was permitted by the EU‘s single market.
Irischer Buchmacher Paddy Power sieht Urteil als eindeutige Rechtsgrundlage für eine Liberalisierung des deutschen Sportwettmarktes
Brussels, 6 March 2007 – European Lotteries welcomes today’s judgement of the European Court of Justice on the Placanica case which recognises that Member States can decide to limit gambling and betting activities through a licensing system with a single or multiple operators and whereby the licensee(s) must be able to make a sufficiently attractive offer including advertising and the use of new distribution methods to execute its channelling task. (See §55 of the judgement)