15 March 2007

McCreevy denies German monopoly claims

The European Union's internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy has denied claims that the EU was preparing to uphold Germany's proposed monopoly on sports betting in the country. Martin Stadelmaier, the head of the state government office in Rhineland-Palatinate, told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the monopoly would be approved by next week, albeit with conditions.

Germany's states have proposed banning private sports betting companies until 2010, during which time they will develop a system by which private betting companies can obtain concessions.

McCreevy responded by saying that a decision on the matter had not yet been made.

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