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Parliamentary questions
31 January 2008
Answer given by Mr McCreevy on behalf of the Commission

The Commission does not intend to make proposals in this area. The Honourable Member will be aware that Member States have made clear their wish to retain the right to legislate nationally for such services.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recognised the national authorities’ right to place restrictions on the freedom to provide services and on the freedom of establishment. The ECJ has consistently held that gambling services are covered by the Treaty provisions guaranteeing freedom of establishment and cross border service provision and has specified that restrictions may be justified by imperative requirements in the general interest, such as the protection of consumers from gambling addiction and also the prevention of both fraud and the use of betting and gaming activities for criminal or fraudulent purposes. It has also ruled that restrictions based on such grounds must be suitable for achieving those objectives, inasmuch as they must serve to limit betting activities in a consistent and systematic manner.

OJ C 191, 29/07/2008
Last updated: 8 February 2008Legal notice