Tag Archives: EGBA

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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Betting industry welcomes international match-fixing cooperation

The European regulated betting industry welcomes the Council of Europe’s Convention on match-fixing, which aims to prevent the manipulation of sports results. The EGBA, ESSA, and the RGA, believe that it represents a relatively positive and potentially significant development in the fight against sport and betting related fraud. At the same time, certain provisions raise concerns regarding their compatibility with …

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ESSA’s Khalid Ali: long and challenging process to remove ‘betting right’

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, comments on the passage of the Council of Europe’s convention on the manipulation of sports competitions. “The industry has worked hard over the last couple of years to work constructively with policymakers on the Council of Europe’s proposed text, most notably including the removal of the promotion of …

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Austrian restrictions fall foul of EU law

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has welcomed the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which highlights the fact that Austria’s gambling laws are in breach of EU law. The ruling in the Pfleger case largely follows the Opinion issued by AG Sharpston on 14 November 2013, in which a a restrictive regime can …

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EGBA’s Haijer warns EC over inaction of Sweden’s iGaming market

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General for the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has made public that the European Commission (EC) should follow through on promises to take the Swedish Government to the European Union Court of Justice over failure of the state to overhaul its online gambling regulations. Haijer warned that if the EC failed to act on this igaming …

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Money laundering changes disappoint RGA

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has expressed disappointment at the new amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for a new Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD), which has singled out online gambling as an area for high regulation. The amendments adopted by the European Parliament today would require online gambling operators to conduct due diligence as of the establishment of the business …

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