Dutch gambling under EU fire (update)

The European Commission is to continue its investigation into the Dutch gambling monopolies held by De Lotto and Holland Casino and has sent a second letter to the government asking for further information.

EU competition commissioner Charlie McCreevy said last year that the Dutch position appeared to contravene EU rules on the free movement of services.
Former justice minister Piet Hein Donner told the Commission then that the Dutch position was based on the need to combat gambling addiction, illegality, criminality and to protect consumers.
Earlier this month, the Council of State upheld a decision by Donner not to give a casino licence to a French company because it would not be in the national interest.
Germany is also under investigation. Denmark, Finland and Hungary already face EU legal action, ANP reported.

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