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Brussels delaying the opening of the market for online games.

Posted by bestcasino | Posted in Your Casino News | Posted on 11-06-2009

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The request for clarification from the European Commission will push the market opening to online competition from 3 to 4 months.

Opening the market for online games of chance and money, originally scheduled for 1st January 2010, could be delayed by the clarifications requested from France on his bill, by Brussels. According to Dominique Desseigne, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe Lucien Barrière, France will lose “3 to 4 months.”

A spokesperson for the European Commission, Ton Van Lierop said Tuesday, June 9: “have more questions about access to the french market operators from other countries.” Eric Woerth, the french minister of Budget, “the Commission requests that the French authorities clarify and amend the draft measure so as to make explicit that they will take into account when assessing applications for authorization, the requirements that operator applicant is already subject in its country of establishment. ”

Paris and poker

The draft law on market opening french provides three types of igambling activities from 1 January 2010: paris horse betting between them, paris sports side and live on the actual tests validated by the federations; poker. But this opening will be restricted and controlled by the French game and the PMU keep a monopoly in paris in tobacconists so the benefit is limited. A supervisory authority must be established.

3.4 billion euros in 5 years

The french market of online games in 2008 posted a turnover of 1.17 billion euros (630 million to 540 million FDJ and the PMU). The consulting firm Arthur D. Strategy Little figure to 3.4 billion euros in 5 years.

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