The study confirms that the gambling sector is subject to rules and regulations aimed at safeguarding public interest objectives in all EU countries. While pursuing broadly similar aims, the national laws and regulations vary considerably and frequently lead to barriers to the freedom to provide services and the freedom of establishment. These barriers are often incompatible with EU law.
To obtain a detailed overview of the legal and economic aspects of gambling, the European Commission asked the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law to carry out a study into the sector. The study is the result of nearly two years’ work.