British betting company should have been allowed to compete for licence

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In 2005, the then Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner should have allowed the British betting company Betfair to compete for a licence to offer prices in sports competitions and a totalizer on horse racing in the Netherlands. That is the ruling the State Council made after the bookmaker sort an appeal against the original decision.

The Lottery and Scientific Games Racing (SGR), had already received the licence from the Minister previous to 2005. The minister referred to the Lottery Act, which states that the licence can only be granted to one business. Betfair appealed against this because the company felt that the Minister's decision was in breach of the free movement of services within the EU.

However, according to the council, the Minister was correct at the time to refuse to offer a licence for gambling on the Internet.

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