European Commission investigate into UIGEA Fairness
Image The European Union legal arm, announced yesterday the opening of an investigation against the the US rules regulation that prohibits European gambling companies from offering services to American citizens. The European Union legal arm, announced yesterday the opening of an investigation against the the US rules regulation that prohibits European gambling companies from offering services to American citizens.

The formal investigation is targeting the “2006 dell'Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act UIGEA”, which forced many European gaming companies to withdraw from the American market.

The launch follows the submission of a formal complaint submitted to the EU in December 2007. The formal request to proceed was made by the Remote Gambling Association, which is based in London and Clustering 30 active members in online-gambling sector.

Among the companies are listed RGA Betfair, 888, PartyGaming, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Microgaming, Playtech, CryptoLogic and some other European companies.

The statements was made by European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson, announcing the start of the investigation, "The United States has the right to regulate an industry such as the Internet gambling, but discrimination against European game company can not be a party of this policy "

The EU investigation is expected to last for five or six months and will produce a report which in turn could lead to the cause at the World Trade Organization. The EU has been previously known interested party in the case of Antigua and Barbuda against the United States on the restrictions on online gambling, but the EU has not yet initiated any formal action
 
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