Online gambling: new developments in the European Union

United Kingdom

This article was produced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017.

While the European online gambling market continues to expand, it remains one of the few economic sectors which lacks coherent crossborder regulation. Even with the new EU Commission’s extensive plans to break down barriers to online trade between Member States, online gambling is still viewed as too contentious politically for harmonised regulation to be accepted by the twenty-eight EU Member States. Consequently, operators offering their services in the EU face high compliance costs and uncertainty over the legality of their operations in certain territories. For consumers accustomed to having unfettered access to goods and services on the Internet, the lack of coherence is confusing.

This article, first published in American Gaming Lawyer (Autumn 2015 edition), looks at how the online gambling sector currently fits within the broader EU agenda and examines developments in regulation in a number of key EU Member States. To view the article, click here.