New report scrutinises Denmark's gambling plans
Posted by Carl Barnett on 28 Jan 2010 at 17:01
A newly-released report has focused on the liberalisation of Denmark's gaming industry.
The report has been created by the consulting company MECN, who had the report written alongside law firm Horten.
Recently, the French government has been looking at ways of liberalising their gambling industry, and Denmark now has plans to follow suit.
Denmark is one of the first countries in the EU to take the step of liberalisation, and this move has implications for the global economy too.
Not only is the Danish government planning to liberalise online gaming, it also has plans to look closely at the retail gambling market, which has wider implications.
Liberalising the retail/land-based gambling market would open up this market to the wider European Union, giving the nod to other countries to do the same.
There are many roadblocks for any country that decides to look at liberalising gambling, whether online or off, and Denmark's progress will be watched very closely by the other Scandinavian countries.
It remains to be seen whether or not the other Scandinavian countries will take up the baton of liberalisation.
The 48-page report states: "Currently, the French liberalisation plans are probably getting most of the industry’s attention. But in the background, at times almost neglected, several other countries, such as Denmark, are setting about liberalising large parts of their gambling market."