The European Union (EU) plans to resume trade talks with the U.S. Trade Representative Office over its US Department of Justice prosecutes online gaming firms and officials related to gambling, the UIGEA and other matters that have since developed. The discussions were initiated by repeated complaints from the European based Remote Gambling Association, whom represents several top European internet gambling interests, including PartyGaming owner of the popular poker room PartyPoker and more recently PartyCasino.
The talks were originally planned to be held several weeks ago but were scrapped at the last moment at the request of the US officials, without giving any explanation. The EU itself plans to continue pursuing this matter further and intends to forward it to the World Trade Organization where examination should adequate US participation and explanation should be forthcoming from the US side. For more details on alternate venues where US Players are still permitted to play poker online.