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Gambling Policy – the Eu Dilemma

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In this chapter, the author highlights a number of personal reflections that have emerged with him in his work at the European Commission being confronted with gambling related questions at the EU level. A source of potential change to the status quo is EU policy to promote the development of the single market. This policy is perceived as changing the status quo in member states. When 25 member states all have rules and regulations that in various ways aim at restricting or controlling an activity, finding common ground on how to allow free movement of the activity and freedom of establishment between these member states becomes a real challenge. At the European level, there is a temptation to say that member states that restrict gambling should deregulate the market, or the other way around. This is a value judgement that should not be confused with treaty principles.

Keywords: EU policy; European Commission; gambling policy; legal controversy; Member States; permissive approach; political controversy; restrictive approach



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