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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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Anger as European Commission drops all gambling infringement proceedings

The gambling industry has been left out in the cold by the European Commission, which has announced today that it will be focusing its time and effort on only the most serious infringements of EU law – meaning that all the currently pending infringement proceedings involving gambling have now been dropped. Challenging EU law has been a very active area …

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Integrity education programme receives EU funding

The joint EU Athletes and regulated betting sector’s pioneering player betting integrity education programme has received a huge boost in funding from the European Commission. The five-year-old programme has received €488,305, ensuring that it continues for another 2 years, kicking off in January 2016 until the end of 2017. EU Athletes programme is backed by the private betting sector trade …

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European operators to work under new EU anti money laundering (AML) directive

Following a two year process, the European Parliament has approved a new anti money laundering (AML) directive, which aims to strengthen EU member states framework on tax evasion and terrorist financing. The AML directive will increase monitoring of digital transactions, making it accessible it easier for authorities to trace funds. Financial services institutions and online gambling operators will be made …

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Lottery debate planned on new look Dutch market

Event organiser Gaming In Holland has announced  that representatives of the major operators of the State lottery De Lotto and the National Postcode Lottery, shall be debating pending regulatory changes in the lucrative Dutch lottery market at its June conference. Until recently, the Netherlands lotteries market was regulated by the Netherlands Gaming Control Board, but from April 2012 this responsibility …

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Online gambling to be included in Fourth European Anti-Money Laundering Directive

The European Gaming & Betting Association has announced that the entire gambling sector is now included in the scope of the fourth anti-money laundering directive. EGBA welcomes the deal reached by the negotiating teams of the European Parliament and the Member States on 16 December, which will ensure that the online gambling sector is subject to one set of rules …

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