The European Commission has a certain course when it comes down to internet gambling. It sees its main objective in establishment of the unified gambling space among all the countries-members. However, despite of such attempts and various legislative acts passed, some EU countries still try to stay as independent as possible. Ireland and Denmark are really reluctant to open their gambling market to external casino operators. Read further to find out what is in store for internet gambling in Ireland and Denmark.
As you may know from some of our previous articles, all EU countries are obliged to make their internet gambling market available for other gambling operators. Denmark accepted such a rule with certain alterations though. There is a state-owned gambling company called Danske Spil that the government tries to promote and support as hard as possible.
On the first of July the gambling market of Denmark will be open for other casino operators to enter. With one small condition that actually changes everything. They won’t be able to offer or promote their services without the due license issued by the respective Gambling Commission. And you know what? No foreign gambling licenses will be issued till the beginning of 2011! In other words, state owned Danske Spil will have whole half a year to operate on the Danish gambling market without any competition. Hopefully for the government, it will manage to gain enough clientele and earn the most stable reputation among the Danish gamblers so that they will have no desire to switch to foreign gambling operators.
All the casino operators who attempt to offer their cervices on the territory of Denmark without a due license, will be immediately blocked and punished. The same thing concerns Danish gamblers who try to play on illegal foreign gambling sites. They will encounter huge problems with withdrawing their money from such casino accounts and are likely to lose much money if breaking the law. By the way, such countries as France is England are also going to follow the Denmark pattern to protect state internet gambling companies.
As for Ireland, there are talks that this country will be the one to introduce taxation of internet gambling business. If the bill introduced by Ireland Prime Minister is supported, then online casino operators and owners of spots betting services will have to pay a tax. It’s planned that the amount of the tax will equal 1% and all this money will go to boost Ireland budget that suffered a lot during the economic crisis. However, there are also rumours that all the money received from taxes will go to support racing companies and won’t improve the general economic situation. Opponents claim that it will be quite on the contrary.
Taxation of online gambling industry in Ireland will lead to even deeper unemployment. Casino companies operating on the territory of Ireland will have to cut the fat, in other words, to cut down the number of staff. Paddy Power that positions itself as the top Irish casino operator has already made a statement that no new job positions will be opened in this company if such a legislation passes. And ordinary people will certainly suffer a lot from such a decision.
Time will show if a real open gambling space appears on the European continent or not. Read our site to stay tuned about all the latest developments and events in the internet gambling world.