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Online gambling under EU scrutiny - EUbusiness Week newsletter 524


24-03-2011

EUbusiness Week 524 top stories: Europe tells Portugal to slash spending; EU wants neighbours to match nuclear 'stress tests'; EU regulator says banks to face 'credible' stress tests; China airlines to challenge EU carbon tax: report; Eurozone economic activity survey gives mixed signals; Coiled British sausage wins protected EU status

This Week's Top Stories

1. Europe tells Portugal to slash spending
2. EU wants neighbours to match nuclear 'stress tests'
3. EU regulator says banks to face 'credible' stress tests
4. China airlines to challenge EU carbon tax: report
5. Eurozone economic activity survey gives mixed signals
6. Coiled British sausage wins protected EU status

Publisher's Note

The European Commission this week attempted to rise to the challenge of managing the growth of the online gambling industry with the launch of a Green Paper on the issue.

Online gambling, while not everybody's cup of tea, is a fast developing business in Europe. Almost 15,000 websites are identified and total annual revenues are estimated at EUR 9bn.

The consultation focuses on how the various national rules - on licensing, payments, public interest objectives and the fight against fraud - might co-exist. Some suggest, however, that an EU regulatory framework for online gambling is absolutely necessary. Contributions by 31 July.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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4. China airlines to challenge EU carbon tax: report

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5. Eurozone economic activity survey gives mixed signals

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6. Coiled British sausage wins protected EU status

A famously coiled British sausage has joined Parma ham and champagne in having its name protected across Europe after being granted special status.
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