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Spain moves forward on federal self-exclusion registry

The regional governments of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities have agreed to collaborate in developing an ‘interconnected self-exclusion registry’ covering all forms of gambling (land-based and digital). The decision follows a meeting of Spain’s ‘Gambling Policy Council’, chaired by Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón. The development of a central gambling self-exclusion scheme was majority approved, with the government of Catalonia …

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EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights

Ahead of the publication of European Commission’s consumer strategy, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called for the introduction of a specific single set of consumer rights that apply to the online gambling sector. In its submission to the roadmap, the EGBA highlighted the reasons why a specific single set of consumer rights for the online gambling sector …

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KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands regulatory authority for gambling, has issued a market warning stating that it will not tolerate ‘COVID-19 gambling advertising’.  The KSA stated that it has taken 14 direct actions against unlicensed online operators advertising ‘Corona-Free Gambling messages’ during national lockdown. René Jansen, KSA Chairman, said that the regulatory agency will ‘apply the heaviest penalties’ against offending operators, …

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Andrea Vota named director general of Jdigital

Following an Extraordinary Assembly, Spanish trade association Jdigital has approved the appointment of Andrea Vota as the new director general. Vota, who’s appointment gained unanimous approval, is a consultant specializing in political stakeholder management and corporate communications. He has formerly worked for international Public Affairs firm Political Intelligence and as public affairs lead for German professional IT services provider CIRC. …

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Spelinspektionen submits match-fixing regulations to European Commission

Spelinspektionen has submitted new regulations and general advice on match fixing to the National Board of Trade for notification to the European Commission. Under the new rules, betting markets would be limited to the top four divisions of football, with betting on the Swedish Cup restricted to matches featuring teams from said divisions. This policy has also been extended to …

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EGBA calls for stronger enforcement of EU single market rules

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called for the single market regulations to be ‘enforced more strongly across all sectors, including online gambling’. It follows on from the publication of the European Commission’s action plan for the enforcement of the EU single market rules, in which the EGBA agreed that the implementation and enforcement of EU law is …

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EGBA praises European Commission’s commitment to digital single market

Outlined in its 2020 work programme, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has praised the European Commission’s strategy which focuses on improving the digital single market. In its work programme, the Commission outlined its plans to improve efficiency of the single market, particularly for online consumers. “EGBA welcomes the Commission’s commitment to making the single market work for online …

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EC investigates Bundesland casino tax regimes

The European Commission has confirmed this week that it will investigate German state regulatory frameworks attached to land-based casino taxation policy to assess whether certain tax grants favour state-owned operators. Confirming its investigation, the EC details that it has received several complaints branding Bundesland (German state) tax grants and guarantees offered to ‘public casinos’ as forms of state aid, breaching …

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IBIA boosts platform ranks as Kambi joins integrity body

Sports betting platform and systems provider Kambi has strengthened its commitment to integrity after becoming the latest to join the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). Under the terms of its membership, Kambi will be able to both utilise the IBIA’s global monitoring and alert platform, as well as feed data into the platform in order to strengthen betting integrity. The …

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Italy’s new coalition hikes taxes again on machine revenues

No respite will be offered to Italian gambling incumbents, as the newly installed 5Star-DP coalition government confirms the fourth set of tax hikes on gaming machines sanctioned over the past year. Inbound with 5Star-DP’s first ‘Budget Law’ decree, Italian gambling faces an increase in video lottery terminals (VLT) turnover tax to 9% – formerly set at 7.9%. Meanwhile, arcade operators …

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