ORAL QUESTION H-0244/09
for Question Time at the part-session in May 2009
pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure
by Karin Riis-Jørgensen
to the Commission
Subject: Sports betting right
On 8 March the French government notified the Commission and EU Member States (under Directive
98/34/EC1) of its draft law on online gaming and betting. For the first time in the EU the proposal makes
provision for the introduction of a 'sports betting right', supposedly to preserve the integrity of French
sporting competitions. This right would force sports betting operators to enter into compulsory financial
agreements with French sport federations.
Could the Commission clarify whether such restrictions in the French online betting market are acceptable
and compatible with EU law?
What evidence (statistical or other) has been provided by the French authorities to support the need for
this measure? In what way does such a right safeguard 'Sports integrity'?
OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, p. 37.
781343.EN PE 419.425