US online gambling crackdown a breach of WTO – EU

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – A US Justice Department  crackdown on European online gambling companies violates U.S.  commitments under the World Trade Organization, the European  Commission said yesterday in a draft report.

But the European Union executive, which oversees trade  policy for the 27-nation bloc, said it would seek a negotiated  solution with the United States rather than file a  groundbreaking complaint at the WTO.

A senior Democratic lawmaker in the House of  Representatives welcomed the EU finding and said he planned to  introduce legislation after the April 6-17 congressional break  to overturn the U.S. ban on Internet gambling.

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