The EU has urged the US to open talks on scrapping a ban on foreign online gambling companies, saying it unfairly prevents foreign internet gambling sites from operating in the US.

The European Commission has published its report on US laws on remote gambling and their enforcement against EU companies. This report is the outcome of an investigation into US measures affecting foreign suppliers of internet gambling services.

The report concludes that the US measures constitute an obstacle to trade that is inconsistent with WTO rules. The European Commission said the US ban shut out gambling sites from the market, causing companies to lose revenue and stock market value. About half the world’s online gamblers are based in the US.