After posting a quick legalization of gambling online, the government is falling behind. And reinforce existing monopolies again. An opening running since 2008.
In October 2008, following the insistence of the European Commission, the State has declared his willingness to meet the dictates of Brussels. Budget Minister Eric Woerth has announced rapid action with a bill in two months and an application from 1 January 2010, then the law has been postponed to June 2010 for the first time. This will make 4 years that the European Union called for this reform to France. One can understand the reluctance of the government towards this change. Indeed, the current monopoly of the French games on this sector represents approximately 5 billion euros per year.
Given the continued increase in popularity of sites gambling and especially the current craze for poker, it was time to act. In fact, 2 billion euros per year played on the web illegally, pass through the tax system.
An amount that will actually increase with the World Cup soccer this summer. In this time of crisis, the additional revenue that could be trained in corporate tax and casino paris acting online are not negligible.
The specifications of the ARJEL slow to emerge
On 16 November, the authority to regulate online gaming, the ARJEL, must submit its specifications and therefore clarify the conditions for licensing. Candidates wishing to penetrate this market had to wait. Jean-François Vilotte, President ARJEL postponed to 26 the publication of these specifications but it is still not ready.
The sporting context can explain these delays. Indeed, France’s team has qualified in extremis November 18th and the match fixing scandal in Germany has cracked the 20. Both setbacks are not solely responsible. The political context also plays. Thus the period of 6 weeks between the consideration of the bill by both houses, the regional elections approach and finance laws deemed more urgent as there may be cause for the delay.
It is now clear that gambling online will not be legalized on 1 January 2010, but Jean-Francois Lamour appears to ensure the effectiveness of the device for June 11, 2010 and the start of World Cup Football in South Africa.