EU to look into
U.S. online gambling and laws
Monday the European Union has launched a probe into the U.S.
online gambling related prosecutions. The EU will investigate
whether the string of U.S. prosecutions of foreign online
gambling operators are discriminatory, possibly paving the way
for another case with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The
investigation stems from complaints filed by European online
gambling companies, such as PartyGaming and BWIN Interactive
Entertainment, that U.S. authorities singled out foreign online
gambling firms. EU Trade Commission will look into the matter in
the next 5-7 months and could decide to launch WTO proceedings
against the United States. "The U.S. has the right to address
legitimate public policy concerns relating to Internet gambling,
but discrimination against EU companies cannot be part of the
policy mix," EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said in a
A U.S. Justice Department spokesman said
they had no immediate comment on the EU's decision to
investigate whether to file a complaint at the WTO, but U.S.
trade officials said they had been assured by EU officials the
investigation would not upset the compensation package the two
sides struck in December.