I en dom från motsvarande förvaltningsdomstol i Österrike fastställs återigen att den Österrikiska spellagstiftningen inte är kompatibel med EU-lagstiftning. Vilka direkt konsekvenser detta får är svårt att överblicka.
För Mr Green är Österrike av stor intresse eftersom de är inblandade i en skattetvist med Österrike och har valt att betala in 108 miljoner i spelskatter retroaktiv för perioden jan 2011 – aug 2014, men bestrider skattekravet och begär återbetalning. Sedan augusti deklarera de sina förehavande i Österrike, men betalar ingen skatt. Detta förfarande är för att undvika skattepålägg ifall det skulle dömas vara skatteskyldiga.Saxat från Gaming Intelligence:
Austrian court rules national gambling monopoly in breach of EU law
The Regional Administrative Court of the state of Upper Austria has ruled that the country’s national gambling monopoly is incompatible with European Union law.
The court ruled that in blocking the petrol station from offering such products, it constituted an illegal restriction on the right to provide services.
It said there were insufficient grounds to justify this restriction, as there was not enough evidence to show that the monopoly helped strengthen player protection or fight illegal activity.
Instead, the court said, the system mainly served to protect government revenue, with gambling accounting for 0.4 per cent of total annual federal income.
Austrian lawyer Dr. Nicolas Raschauer, professor of public law at the Johannes Kelper University of Linz, said the ruling showed that any restriction on services must be justified within the terms of EU law.
However, he added, the ruling could in no way guarantee a liberalisation of the country’s gambling market.
The ruling is the latest blow to Austria’s gambling monopoly, which has been criticised by a number of rulings from both Austrian regional courts and in referrals to the European Union.
In March this year the Regional Court of Linz – Upper Austria’s capital – ruled that the country’s gambling monopoly was illegal, ironically to the disadvantage of a player who had suffered heavy losses. The individual had lost €1m playing roulette through a Malta-licensed site and had attempted to reclaim the loss, arguing that he had been illegally targeted by the operator.
However, the court ruled that as the Austrian monopoly system was not fully justified in the way it restricted the right to provide services, the operator was not in the wrong as it was properly licensed in an EU member state.