The European Commission has formally requested information from both Germany and Sweden on their national legislation in relation to the supply of gambling services. In Germany, the questions focus on the provisions of new legislation that: (i) bans games of chance on the internet; (ii) restricts advertising on television, internet, jerseys or billboards; and (iii) prohibits financial institutions from processing payments related to unauthorised games of chance. In Sweden, the restrictions under investigation are related to poker games and tournaments that are offered online by the Swedish State-owned company while similar services offered by operators licensed and regulated in other EU Member States are banned. Germany and Sweden have two months to reply to these requests for information, failing which the Commission may bring an action before the European Court of Justice.
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Commission investigates gambling services in Germany and Sweden
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