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Lotteritilsynet deepens Norway payment blackout

Norway’s gambling authority Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet), continues its hardened stance against remote gambling operators, deemed to be illegally targeting national consumers. Upping its command on restricting remote gambling services, this weekend Lotteritilsynet revealed that it had ordered all Norwegian licensed banks to block payment transactions which could be identified for the purposes of online gambling. The Times of Malta reports …

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EGBA urges Dutch Senate to move on 2019 gambling makeover

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Industry trade association The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has moved to back Sander Dekker’s (Dutch Minister of Legal Protections) proposals to overhaul the Netherlands’ gambling regulatory framework. This week, the Dutch Senate will re-debate the mandate of the much disputed Netherlands ‘Remote Gambling Bill’, which has remained stagnant in progress since securing its House of Representative approval in 2016. …

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No Harmony! EGBA outlines EU-wide failings on protection & responsibility standards

Online gambling trade body the European Gaming and Betting Association  (EGBA) has published its latest study ‘Consumer Protection in EU Online Gambling Regulation’, outlining significant all-around failings in consumer protections across EU member states. The study is authored by Dr Margaret Carran of City University London and reveals an un-harmonised and unequal marketplace with regards to online consumer protections which …

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EGBA deems Norwegian blackout as ‘unproductive & unnecessary’

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has warned the Norwegian government not to proceed with its directive to block payment transactions on remote gambling services. The industry trade association states that Norwegian authorities will simply implement difficult-to-enforce and counterproductive directives which will not protect its national consumers. Maarten Haijer, EGBA Secretary General, has called for the Norwegian government to move …

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EGBA & LOGiCO deem Italian ‘Dignity Decree’ as counterproductive

As Italy’s parliament debates the approved mandate of the Lega-5Star ‘Dignity Decree’, implementing a blanket ban on sports betting advertising and sponsorship, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has detailed its support for Italian industry trade body – LOGiCO’s stance against the proposal. Teaming up with LOGiCO, the EGBA has sent a joint letter to Italian MPs ‘expressing significant …

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Dutch Kansspelautoriteit scales up monitoring of World Cup advertising

Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit, has confirmed that it will significantly increase its monitoring of remote betting operators’ marketing and advertising practices during World Cup 2018. Warning foreign operators, Kansspelautoriteit stated that it will severely fine unlicensed betting firms deemed to be illegally targeting Dutch national consumers. Furthermore, the regulatory body seeks to eradicate bookmaker advertising which may be visible to …

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Lotto monopoly questioned in The Netherlands

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Monopolies on sports betting and lottery scratch cards are to remain in The Netherlands, but The Council of the State, the nation’s highest administrative court, has ordered a rethink of its lottery monopoly. Following an appeal by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), alongside international gambling firms Unibet, Betclic and Betfair, the council ruled that the existence of only …

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Hungarian gambling regime in second EU court punishment

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The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that the Hungarian requirement to have an offline casino, in order to be sanctioned to offer online casino games, is a “clear violation of EU law.” In a case regarding EU-licensed and regulated operator Sporting Odds, the CJEU had been asked whether the freedom to provide services, under Article 56 of the …

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European Court of Justice backs online gambling guidelines

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The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has rejected a case brought forward from the Belgium Government, to annul European Commission guidelines, relating to consumer protection from online gambling, to member states. Arguing that by issuing the guidelines the Commission had gone beyond its treaty based competences, the CJEU found that they did not interfere with the right of member states to regulate online …

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Complaint filed against unlawful payment blocking scheme in Norway

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is seeking for an investigation to be conducted in Norway, “for serious breaches of the privacy of Norwegian citizens when conducting online payments.” The EGBA, who represent Europe’s leading online gambling operators, has asked the Norwegian Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) to investigate a payment blocking scheme, established in 2010 by the Norwegian Gaming …

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