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Thu, 21 Nov, 2013 05:23:34 AM
FTimes Report, November 21
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The European Commission has decided not to take action for now regarding the legality of Finland's gambling monopoly.
The Commission wanted to establish whether the monopoly-based Finnish gambling policy was consistent with the European Union law, said a press release of the Government Communications Department on Wednesday.
In reply to the Commission, Finland stated that this was the case in which Finland's system met, in a consistent and systematic manner, objectives in line with public interests, such as prevention of problem gambling and money laundering.
In Finland, gambling activities are subject to strict state control and monitoring.
Public authority control enables to guarantee players' legal protection, prevent abuse and criminal activity related to gambling, and reduce the negative social and health effects of gambling.
The EU Court of Justice has ruled that, in their gambling policies, member states must ensure strict and effective supervision to guarantee compliance with the rules governing gambling activities.  
In Finland, decisions on gambling policy are made by parliament and the government.
Provisions governing Finland's gambling system and its operators are laid down in the Lotteries Act.
Gambling activities are provided by three operators – Fintoto Oy, RAY (Finland's Slot Machine Association) and Veikkaus Oy – licensed under the Act.
Foreign or other domestic operators are not allowed to market or offer their games in Finland.
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