Regulations specifying non-EEA countries permitted to advertise gambling in the UK published
Resource type: Legal update: archive
Law stated as at 13-Aug-2007
The Gambling Act 2005 (Advertising of Foreign Gambling) Regulations 2007, which specify the non-European Economic Area (EEA) states to be treated as EEA countries so that advertisements for gambling services provided from them are permitted under the Gambling Act 2005, have been laid before Parliament. Section 331 of the Act provides that the advertising of "foreign gambling" (that is, non-remote gambling taking place in, or remote gambling originating from, non-EEA states) is not permitted in the UK unless those states can demonstrate that their regulatory regime satisfies the government's "white-list" criteria (see Legal update, Planned restrictions on advertisements for non-EEA gambling websites). The only places found to have met this criteria, so as to be specified in the Regulations as being treated as EEA states for the purpose of section 331, were the Island of Alderney and the Isle of Man. The Regulations mean that many gambling websites which operate in other non-EEA countries or jurisdictions will be unable to advertise in the UK from 1 September 2007, when the Act and the Regulations come into force. Gambling Act 2005 (Advertising of Foreign Gambling) Regulations 2007; DCMS press release, 9 August 2007.
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