Greek games of chance monopoly and the freedom to provide services?

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IPPT20130124, CJEU, Stanleybet v Ypourgos

GAMES OF CHANCE

 

The freedom to provide services and the freedom of establishment preclude national legislation on games of chance: examination by national authorities.


"36. In the light of all those considerations, the answer to the first and second questions is that Articles 43 EC and 49 EC must be interpreted as precluding national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which grants the exclusive right to run, manage, organise and operate games of chance to a single entity, where, firstly, that legislation does not genuinely meet the concern to reduce opportunities for gambling and to limit activities in that domain in a consistent and systematic manner and, secondly, where strict control by the public authorities of the expansion of the sector of games of chance, solely in so far as is necessary to combat criminality linked to those games, is not ensured. It is for the national court to ascertain whether this is the case.

 

39. Consequently, the answer to the first part of the third question is that in the event that the national legislation governing the organisation of games of chance is incompatible with the Treaty provisions on the freedom to provide services and the freedom of establishment, the national authorities may not refrain from considering applications, such as those at issue in the main proceedings, for permission to operate in the sector of games of chance, during a transitional period.

 

48. In the light of the foregoing considerations, the answer to the third part of the third question is that, in circumstances such as those of the main proceedings, the competent national authorities may examine applications for permission to organise games of chance submitted to them according to the level of consumer protection and the preservation of order in society that they intend to uphold solely on the basis of objective, non-discriminatory criteria."

 

 IPPT20130124, CJEU, Stanleybet v Ypourgos

 

C-186/11 and C-209/11 - ECLI:EU:C:2013:33