Gambling gets an EU vote

Gambling gets an EU vote

I have good news, or at least slightly good news, for online gamblers. It EU Parliament has voted to “pursue infringement proceedings against member states that are violating EU rules in framing their online gambling regulation and licensing frameworks.”  The bad news. This really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. It’s like when grandma gives you that sweater that you won’t ever wear – it’s the thought that counts.

 

So what’s going on here? Well, the EU Parliament is supposed to oversee what goes down in the European Union. As part of the sort “free trade” agreements within the EU, all the countries are supposed to follow the processes adopted by the EU Parliament. Except the EU Parliament has no real way of enforcing it.  So, they’re slightly less effective than the US Congress. In fact, the US doesn’t even honor its own agreements with the EU Parliament when it comes to online gambling because by that agreement, EU licensed casinos and UK Casinos should be legal in the US. But congress says no.  And half of the EU nations are passing their own gambling laws rather than accepted the ruling of their own Parliament.

 

So, what’s the overall effect?  Well, so far France seems to have proven that when a country says “fill out these forms and provide us with some money and we’ll let you be legal here,” the online casinos are willing to do that.  The US has proven that when a country says “online gambling is not allowed” online casinos are still willing to let players play.  Which means, it’s going to be a while before the US Congress catches on to the common sense the French show.