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Austrian gaming association attacks government site-blocking plans

14th March 2018 9:52 am GMT

The Austrian Association for Betting and Gaming (ÖVWG) has criticised plans by the country's Ministry of Finance (BMF) to block access to unlicensed gambling sites.

The ÖVWG says that the plan could have severe consequences, including endangering up to 1,000 jobs in the country, cutting sports sponsorship and advertising revenue by €50m, and driving consumers to unregulated sites.

Instead it urges the Austrian government to introduce a licensing system to provide legal certainty for the currently-unlicensed European [...]

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