It has been revealed that Malta was one of those to object strongly to Greece’s draft gambling law. The European Commission (EC) only last week published a detailed opinion on the draft law that is still inadequate under a number of European Union (EU) rules.
In relation to the draft, a spokesperson for the Maltese government told the Times of Malta, “Greece notified the EU about its draft legislation through the union’s Technical Regulations Information System (TRIS) and Malta provided its opinion on the draft legislation.”
A EU official explained that, along with the EC, Malta was the only EU state to object, adding, “It is clear that certain aspects of the draft law do not respect certain EU provisions particularly those relating to the freedom of establishment and the unhindered provision of services in the EU.”
It’s no closely guarded secret that Greece is suffering from economic turmoil right now. This is illustrated by the fact that they’d sell the naming rights to Feta cheese if they thought it might make them a bit of money. To hear that they’ve still not made the required changes to a bill that will make them a bit of hard-earned wonga.
The current gambling monopoly, OPAP, is one of the assets that the Greek government is entering into the sale of the century that is taking place on a worldwide basis for Greece’s assets.
Greece has until August 8th to send a reply to the EU over the latest complaints. Otherwise, the EU spokesperson said, “If we are not satisfied we might even start infringement procedures against the country.”