European Union trade commissioner pot shot at gaming prohibitionists

12 March 2008
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- As reported by The Guardian: "Peter Mandelson, the EU trade commissioner, has called for US prosecutors to stop targeting online gambling companies with links to Europe - including London-listed PartyGaming, Sportingbet and 888.

"The EU is backing an industry group which says the US is breaking free trade commitments by seeking to prosecute overseas online gambling companies that stopped taking bets from America after prohibition 17 months ago.

"...Mandelson said: 'The US has the right to address legitimate public policy concerns relating to internet gambling, but discrimination against EU companies cannot be part of the policy mix.'..."