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December 30th, 2010
The Cyprus Government was looking forward to effectuate a ban on the online gaming by the end of the year and has submitted a proposal to that effect to the European Commission in September. The government wished to retain the online sports betting but interdict all other forms of the online gambling. The decision was taken to protect the citizens from the hazards of casino gambling and online poker and the European Court of Justice is cited to give the verdict.

The European Commission however has stated that in the process of receiving feedbacks from the European Union Executives and the member states will take approx three months. Hence the proposed ban to be implemented can be effectuated at the earliest in March 2011 and that too if everything goes in accordance with the plan.

The Cyprus Government is very upset with the decision. The views of UK and Malta on the anticipated ban are clearly known and these countries have already filed their statement objecting the ban.

The Chairman of the House Legal Affairs Committee and The Democratic Rally Party deputy, Ionas Nicolaou expressed his discontent in an interview given to the Cyprus Mail. He accused the two countries of intentionally trying to derail the plans of Cyprus and commented, "The comments and interventions by United Kingdom and the Malta were made intentionally as the online gaming is licensed in both of the countries and they collect loads of money for those licenses."

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