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Brussels threatens court action over state betting monopolies

27 Jun 2007

BRUSSELS -- As reported by the UK Times: "The European Commission will set itself on collision course with France, Sweden and Greece today when it orders them to end lucrative state-run sports betting monopolies.

"Paris and Stockholm will be given a final chance to change their legislation or face court action, while Athens will receive an initial warning. Sweden has hinted at a willingness to compromise with Brussels, but the French say that they will defend state gambling operators against competition from the internet.

"...Unless Paris agrees to open up its sports betting market, at least partially, the Commission appears likely to take action in the European Court of Justice.

"...The row does not concern the national lottery, whose monopoly is unchallenged..."

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