EFTA Court Decision Puts Spotlight On Player Protection

An opinion delivered yesterday by the EFTA Court in Luxembourg on the ongoing case between Ladbrokes and the Norwegian government further suggests that national approaches to problem gambling will become the decisive factor in determining the legitimacy of state gambling monopolies.

In a verdict that follows on from both the earlier EFTA Court decision on the proposed Norwegian slot machines monopoly and the ECJ’s ruling on Placanica, the Court in Luxembourg yesterday upheld the right of European Economic Area (EEA) member states to draw up their own national legislation and restrictions on gambling services   

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