The Malta Independent 5 March 2024, Tuesday
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Malta complains to EU over Irish gambling proposals - report

Saturday, 9 December 2023, 07:16 Last update: about 4 months ago

Malta has flagged several sections of a proposed Irish law that it says threaten the EU-guaranteed freedom to provide services, which boost competition by allowing businesses to trade with customers in different member states, the Irish Times reports.

The Irish Government’s Gambling Regulation Bill proposes limiting wins from private lotteries, bingo and other games to as little as €3,000, sparking protests from betting businesses, including National Lottery rivals.

Malta’s notification to the European Commission’s internal market directorate doubts whether the “restrictions imposed in the draft Bill may be justified” in terms of EU courts’ rulings, the report says.

Malta calls on the Irish Government to reconsider the restrictions it has outlined as they are not proportionate, consistent or non-discriminatory.

See report here

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