The US Ban in World Perspective

Published February 2, 2007 by OCR Editor

The US Ban in World Perspective

Following a dramatic announcement by the World Trade Organization, another fresh and perhaps more enlightened perspective has surfaced. The US is discriminating against foreign online casino companies, the perspective claims.

The American perspective on online casinos is clear to all. The unilateral ban on all online casino activity in the United States has made it clear that the American authorities do not wish to play along in the gaming world. The motivation for their acts, laws and decisions have been speculated on. This week, following a dramatic announcement by the World Trade Organization, another fresh and perhaps more enlightened perspective has surfaced. The US is discriminating against foreign online casino companies, the perspective claims. The source of this view is the commissioner for the European Union's internal market, Charlie McCreevy.

Though the commissioner McCreevy has no authority in all that related to external trade, the WTO announcement following Antigua's appeal against the US ban has sparked a sense of hope in him. He will act to have the European Union complain to the US over the ban on online gambling. Echoing the WTO wording, the European official said "In order to protect, I'd say, their own business, their industry there, they have de facto prevented foreigners from online betting into the United States."

Following the fight which the government of Antigua has posed and the somewhat favorable decision of the WTO, which is currently being contested by the US government, the next stage will surely be interesting. Will the EU, in the spirit of Mr. McCreevy, indeed take action? The consequences then, if international trade organizations side with the EU, can be harmful to the US. In the meantime, no comment could be received by a spokesman for the US in Brussels. All the spokesman was willing to say was that it was premature to respond as long as no actions have been taken. Thus the industry continues a cross-Atlantic feud and we remain waiting for a final policy to apply globally.

See also

US Goes After the Big Fish

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