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Volume: 16 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

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The Unibet case: CJEU finds Hungarian gambling licensing requirements breach EU law

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has ruled that Hungary’s licensing framework for online gambling placed overly restrictive and unfair conditions on operators from other EU countries looking to enter the market, in a dispute between operator Unibet and Hungary’s gambling regulator, the Central National Treasury and Customs Authority. In particular, the CJEU found that Hungary’s licensing regime was not compatible with Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’), which prevents EU Member States from disrupting cross-border trade and services. Dr Márton Domokos, Senior Counsel at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, explains the details of the case and the CJEU’s decision, and outlines the ways in which the verdict could influence the Hungarian gambling regime going forward.

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