On 10.1.2022, the Austrian Betting and Gambling Association called on the European Commission in a complaint to review the Austrian gambling system: Despite valid EU licences, online gambling operators continue to be denied legal protection and provider freedom. A reasoned basis for this is still lacking and national courts fail to carry out an independent review of Union law. Since the Austrian courts do not offer legal protection to OVWG providers, the EU Commission must now once again deal with the Austrian gambling monopoly.

A corresponding press release on the Commission’s complaint met with lively media interest.