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EGBA maintains call for a unified European online gambling code

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Industry trade body the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its call to European policymakers to introduce a  binary of rules for the online gambling sector, in the wake of a new study presented to the European Parliament’s ‘Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee’. The EGBA continues its mandate supporting a European cross-border online betting agenda, detailing that current regulatory conditions …

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EGBA continues to fight against Norway payment blocks

Despite failing in an initial legal case in Norway earlier this week, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has expressed its confidence in succeeding in its ‘main case’ against the Norwegian Ministry of Culture in Oslo District Court. The EGBA and Entercash teamed up earlier this year to bring a case which sought to block  igaming payments to offshore …

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EGBA urges European Commission to standardise gambling laws

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged the European Commission to develop a new regulatory framework which will both clarify and standardise gambling laws across Europe.  Disclosed as part of an open letter to the European Commission, EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer explained that he felt ‘the cross-border online betting world is hamstrung by a patchwork of national …

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EGBA warns Germany not to follow the Niedersachsen ‘blocking order’

Brussels-based online gambling trade body, The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has warned Germany against implementing the payment processing blocking order sanctioned by the regional ministry of Lower Saxony. Last week, Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s minister for home affairs and sports, ordered a cease-and-desist order against a “large, international payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with …

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EGBA – Single Market unity key to protecting online gambling consumers

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has backed the European Council’s statement urging the incoming EU Commission and Parliament to ‘focus on ensuring the Single Market rules are better implemented and enforced to benefit European consumers’. The EGBA backs the Council’s statement as ‘timely and justified’, stating that as yet the European Union’s ‘Digital Single Market’ has ‘not been sufficiently …

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EGBA backs Independent Regulator as key Irish directive

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has backed a proposal from Irish Minister David Stanton to establish an independent regulator by 2020 to govern a reformed Irish gambling sector. Stanton seeks to establish an independent regulator as part of Ireland revamping its national gambling regulatory framework, introducing the mandate of the amended ‘Gaming & Lotteries Bill 2019’. “EGBA welcomes …

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Play’n GO confirms Portuguese market presence

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Play’n GO has pulled off the latest in a series of expansion plans after securing the certification to provide its content to operators in the Portuguese market. The company said that more expansion is “set to come” to follow a very successful 2018 and moves into both Sweden and the Philippines already this year. The launch also coincides with the …

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EGBA – Unworkable Portuguese Tax code is endangering national consumers

As Portuguese business news sources report that around 75% of national online gambling consumers are wagering with unlicensed operators, the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has urged Portugal’s government to rethink its industry taxation policies. The EGBA has deemed Portugal’s current ‘turnover & revenue tax policy’ as unworkable for foreign operators, and which have further created an unappealing market …

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EGBA – EU common rulebook will solve online gambling inconsistencies

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Maarten Haijer, Director General of the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA), has urged European Union policymakers to push for the development of a common rulebook on online gambling protections, standards and safeguards. Writing a guest post on EU news source Politico.eu, Haijer reaffirms EGBA’s position that a reported +12 million European online gambling consumers are being underserved by inconsistent …

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EGBA – Lotteritilsynet punitive actions prove that Norway needs gambling reform

The executive of pan-national industry trade body – the ‘European Gaming & Betting Association – EGBA’, has accused Norway’s gambling authority Lotteritilsynet of regulatory over-reach for demanding that national banks block payments deemed to correspond with online gambling transactions. EGBA governance reacts to weekend news reports that Lotteritilsynet is actively targeting the restriction of payments of six Malta MGA licensed operators …

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