European Union Right2Bet Charity Betting, 2010
There is a current petition drive for a European Union Right2Bet Charity Betting issue, the first of the allowed Citizen Initiatives allowed by the new Lisbon Treaty.
Over 1 million signatures are needed throughout the E.U. in order to get this petition pushed to the front of the queue for debate in the E.U. Parliament. E.U. laws on betting are very restrictive and this petition seeks to loosen that issue. Already charity betting has been proposed as a challenge to the system, showing how private and State betting option differ. Fans are allowed to 'bet' 10 euros on what football (Soccer within the USA) team they want and then are given the results of the game and how much they would have won from the Dutch gambling monopoly De Lotto, and the French state-owned Francaise des Jeux. The difference between the two company's offerings goes towards charity. This is to help get the message out about the issue and hope citizens will sign the petition and help get the change to the view of Parliament.