As was already widely expected, the European Commission (EC) has decided to close all infringement procedures and complaints in the gambling sector: “In line with its political commitment to be more strategic in enforcing EU law, the European Commission has today decided to close its infringement procedures and the treatment of complaints in the area of gambling,” the Commission’s press release states.

“Juncker’s ‘political’ Commission leaves gambling reform to the courts,” the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) reacted to yesterday’s decision.

However, the EC’s decision will have little to no impact on the Netherlands, Maarten Heijer, Secretary General of EGBA, told Gaming in Holland:

From a European perspective, this decision by the Commission is disappointing, but will have little to no impact on the Netherlands.

We look forward to the speedy enactment of the remote gaming bill in the Netherlands, which will modernize Dutch gaming policy and introduce a licensing system for online gambling.

There are currently a number of gambling-related court cases pending in the Netherlands, for instance on the transparent granting of gaming licenses, but there is clear and extensive EU jurisprudence that can be applied by Dutch courts. Should a Dutch judge have questions about the application of EU law, the court may, of course, ask an opinion from the European Court of Justice.

In none of these processes, however, does the European Commission have a role to play. Hence, today’s decision does not impact the situation in the Netherlands.

Details of specific cases are available here.

The UK Gambling Commission has announced that Sarah Harrison, its Chief Executive, will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 to take up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

French operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has entered into a digital-focused partnership with global payment services provider Western Union.

GIG Games, a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group (GIG), has chosen the “attractive location” of Marbella to open a new studio focused on the development of casino games.

Yggdrasil Gaming has announced it has extended its reach by stepping into the Danish market in a joint venture with the local operator Danske Spil.

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