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EU High Court rules Italian licence award process illegal

The European Union’s high court ruled Italy’s system of awarding licences to gaming companies without a public tender illegal. The European Commission had argued that the renewal process was anti-competitive and favoured incumbent operators.

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The Italian government is not preparing legislation to limit lottery fines
Italy’s minister responsible for gambling, Vincenzo Visco, is not preparing new legislation to limit possible fines on Lottomatica over video game terminals, according to government sources. The government official was quoted in Italy’s MF Daily newspaper as saying that there were no plans to halt fines being threatened by the public accounts watchdog.