Basics of Gambling in the European Union

The national legislation of most member states of the European Union introduces the basic concept of games of chance and the various forms of gambling in a fairly consistent approach among member states. Nevertheless, several gambling and online gambling policies incorporated in the European countries’ domestic legislation, need to be streamlined so as to be compatible with other member states’ and European Union Law. For instance, article 49 of the EC Treaty may be inconsistent with some EU domestic gambling policies. This summary provides an illustration of the somehow consistent basic definitions of gambling and online gambling games as adopted by the domestic legislation of most EU states.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the concept of “Game of Chance”?
What are different forms of gambling under law in the European Union?

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