Whether games of chance remains in the services directive or is taken out completely is likely to have major implications for sports funding in the EU. EURACTIV looks into the state of play in this debate.
Games of chance are exempt from the Commission’s proposed services directive for a ten-year transitional period.
Rapporteur Evelyn Gebhardt has put forward an amendment whereby “the directive shall not apply to gambling activities which involve wagering a stake with pecuniary value games of chance, including lotteries and betting transactions”.
Member states and the sports community say that games of chance are a substantial source of income used to maintain and support the basic sporting structures in EU countries.
The counter-argument is that member states are overly protecting state lotteries.
All games of chance in Germany and Luxembourg are state-run monopolies whereas in the UK games of chance refers to both state lotteries and private electronic online gambling activities.