It said that the state monopoly may remain generally permissible if it meets certain requirements. The Federal Constitutional Court set a time limit for the legislator until the end of 2007 to pass new laws regarding sports bets and games of chance which meet these constitutional requirements.
"This is a strategic milestone for the EU principles of the freedom to provide services and will positively affect the European gaming industry. We also hope that other states like Sweden, Italy, Holland and France finally realise that prohibition is not the answer, but proper regulation creating a level playing field for both state run and private operators, addressing compulsive gaming aspects is the way forward. Unibet is active here by proactively implementing a socially responsible gaming policy with G4, the leading anti-compulsive gambling organisation. "
"This ruling is as important as the Gambelli-ruling in November 2003. It will have a positive impact on our own court case against the Swedish State", says Petter Nylander, CEO of Unibet.
For more information please call Ewout Keuleers, Legal controller Unibet Group plc, telephone +44 781 020 61 75.
Unibet was founded in 1997 and is an online gambling company with its headquarters in London. Since June 2004, Unibet Group plc is listed on Stockholmsbörsen´s O-list. Unibet is one of the largest privately-owned gambling operators in the European market and provides services in 17 languages through www.unibet.com. Today, Unibet has more than 919,000 customers in over 100 countries. Unibet is a member of the EBA, European Betting Association.
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