Will the European Union next challenge unfair US trade practices related to online gaming?

by Lou on February 4, 2007


The European Union’s Internal Market Commissioner, Charlie McCreevy (pictured left), recently suggested that the US was safeguarding its own gambling industry by preventing foreign companies from entering the online betting sector, saying, “In my view it is probably a restrictive practice and we might take it up in another form.”

Commissioner McCreevy told reporters that US rules and regulations were a ‘prima facie’ case of protectionism, and that the World Trade Organization was a possible forum for tackling them.

Does this mean that the European Union, or the United Kingdom, will join the Caribbean nation of Antigua’s efforts before the World Trade Organization to force the United States to open up its restrictive online gaming practices?

It’s hard to tell. Although McCreevy told the European Parliament that the United States’ action “… is probably a restrictive practice and we might take it up in another form,” he wasn’t specific as to when this might occur, nor did he specify the where he would pursue his case.

Time will tell; it’s another case of “watch and wait.”

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