Munich Court Rules German Lottery Monopolies Flout EU Law

A German court has found that the country’s numerous state lottery monopolies are operating in defiance of EU law, emboldening eager private lottery companies seeking to establish a foothold in the lucrative market.

In a judgment announced late last week, the Administrative Court of Munich declared that the land-based lottery monopolies currently in operation in all of the country’s 16 states breached EU’s principles of “freedom to provide services” and the “constitutionally guaranteed freedom of choice”.

The decision has sparked fresh hope for private lottery operators, many of whom have long hoped to establish their operations in Germany, and provoked a fightback from the trade group that represents Germany’s state-run lotteries.

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