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EC probes FDJ’s €380m French national lottery contract

The European Commission (EC) has launched an ‘in-depth investigation’ examining how Groupe FDJ secured its 25-year exclusive concession to operate France’s national lottery. The Commission has launched its investigation following two separate complaints that highlighted Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) paying the French government a fee of €380 million to operate France’s national lottery games and retail distribution network. FDJ’s exclusive …

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EGBA backs creation of new  European AML Rulebook

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) will develop new sector-specific guidelines to help online gambling companies comply with the European Union’s new anti-money laundering rulebook.   The directive follows the European Commission (EC) being granted approval to update the EU’s financial regulations, standards and safeguards set by the EU AML Directive.  Presenting its ‘most ambitious package of measures’ the EC …

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UK Racing cites Brexit red tape concerns on Equine travel 

The owners and breeders of British racing studs have noted a tough adjustment to the rules of equine travel and export following the UK’s exit from the European Union.  Horseracing owners have called for the government to work with European counterparts and reduce the levels of red tape for allowing British thoroughbreds to cross EU borders. A BBC East report …

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René Jansen calls for the re-establishment of EU expert group on gambling

In his first address as Chair of The European Forum for Gambling Regulators (GREF), René Jansen has called for the European Commission (EC) to re-establish an ‘EU expert group’ on gambling laws and standards.  Jansen, the chairman of Dutch regulatory agency Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), made his address while participating in a webinar hosted by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). …

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René Jansen to lead GREF’s collaborative forum

René Jansen, Chairman of Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has been appointed as the new Chairman of GREF – ‘The European Forum of Gaming Regulators’. The Dutch executive will serve as lead representative of the regulatory forum, which promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing between its 41 members working across 34 European gaming jurisdictions. Jansen will replace incumbent Jorn Stark, executive …

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EGBA warns operators of advertising duties during Euro 2020

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reaffirmed that its members will observe its Code-of-Conduct on responsible advertising throughout the course of a rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 Championships  (11 June to 11 July). The Brussels based trade body launched its code-of-conduct on responsible advertising last April, to ease regulatory concerns on gambling advertising during the height of Europe’s COVID-19 …

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Winning Post: Germany’s tax challenge… dumm und dummer

Last week, online gambling trade associations demanded that the European Commission (EC) intervene and order German lawmakers to justify a discriminatory 5.3% turnover tax on online casino and poker verticals. Though market stakeholders may get their desired response on taxes, Regulus Partners states that an EU-level intervention will have little to no impact on Germany’s illogical approach to adopting a …

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EGBA supports common e-ID verification approach 

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has given its support to the European Commission’s proposal for member states to adopt a ‘European electronic identity wallets’, e-ID.  Reforming the EU’s current ‘eIDAS’ regulation, the EC has proposed that EU public and private sector organisations should offer EU citizens the right to verify their identity through a common e-ID system. Recognising …

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EGBA orders EC complaint against Bundesrat discriminative tax

The European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) has disclosed its formal complaint submitted to the European Commission (EC) in relation to the German Bundesrat (federal council) proposing to set a 5.3% tax on online poker and slots stakes.  The Brussels-based trade association had previously warned the Bundesrat to terminate its proposed tax charge, which has been deemed to be non-compliant …

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Peter Ekmark: The importance of data protection in the igaming space

Peter Ekmark: The importance of data protection in the igaming space

Privacy is crucial when it comes to personal data. In some ways, iGaming draws many parallels with that of the financial sector and banking, said Internet Vikings CEO Peter Ekmark. He explained: “There are huge similarities [between the igaming space and financial sector]. In a way, a gaming company is exactly the same as a bank. You open an account, …

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