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UK Government following French lead for racing funding changes

The UK Government will be applying for State Aid exemption to extend the horseracing betting levy to online bookmakers. The plans, revealed in today’s budget, show that rather than replacing the Levy Scheme, the DCMS is to attempt to alter it, following the line ploughed by the French authorities to introduce betting rights to sports. In a document responding to …

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EveryMatrix sends team to European Commission Round Table

EveryMatrix’s Compliance Team has been invited to attend the European Commission Round Table workshop on online gambling and technical requirements that will take place today. EveryMatrix will participate at the event along a select number of iGaming experts and stakeholders in the industry. A number of topics covered by the event range from testing, auditing, system certification and general guiding …

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ESSA Report: Tennis triggering integrity concerns

Tennis has triggered the most betting integrity alerts over the past quarter, accordinding to ESSA‘s second quarterly integrity report which details the level of suspicious betting activity detected on the markets of some of the world’s major regulated betting operators. Overall, during the second quarter of 2015, ESSA members raised 73 alerts of which, after detailed examination, 23 were found …

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Mr Green begins Austrian tax charge appeal

Mr Green & Co has confirmed that it has begun its appeals process against its Austrian tax liability of SEK 108 million (£9 million). The Malta based igaming operator announced that it had presented its official appeal the Austrian Administrative Courts and that it had further backed its representation by filing its case with the European Commission (EC) courts. The …

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ESSA reveals 24 suspicious betting patterns in Q1 2015

Industry integrity organisation ESSA has launched its 2015 Q1 Integrity Report. This is the first quarterly report to be issued, replacing the previous annual report. ESSA Chairman Mike O’Kane stated: “I am delighted to welcome our readers to ESSA’s new quarterly integrity report. We have long promoted an open, transparent and evidence-based approach and we hope that this report, and …

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Poland amends gambling framework to meet EC policy standards

Poland has moved closer to allowing legalised online gambling, as the European Commission approved the government’s plans to amend its gambling laws. The European Union member will allow for foreign remote gambling operators to tender for national gambling licenses. Following a review to its existing framework, Polish ministers have lifted operator requirements to be partnered with a local subsidiary. Furthermore …

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O’Kane re-elected as ESSA chairman

ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, has unanimously re-elected Mike O’Kane as its Chairman for a further two years. O’Kane, Business Director at Ladbrokes and who has nearly 40 years experience in the sector,  stated that he was ‘delighted to be able to continue in the role’. O’Kane first took over as ESSA Chairman in 2013 and during his …

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Mr Green still fighting Austrian tax bill

Listed gaming operator Mr Green & Co is putting aside SEK 108 million (£11.5m) from its 2014 accounts in case it loses its Austrian tax dispute. Mikael Pawlo, outgoing CEO of Mr Green & Co, commented: “We contest the tax liability and are hopeful that our objections will be given due consideration.” While Mr Green Ltd operates from Malta and …

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European Commission to extend Gibraltar corporate tax probe

Gibraltar’s tax rulings and frameworks are to be further examined by the European Commission (EC), as European Union (EU) member states, notably Spain have complained about Gibraltar corporate tax regime favouring certain Gibraltar registered companies, who may have received illicit state aid. The EC will investigate Gibraltar’s corporate tax regime, focusing on its corporate tax exemption policies, in particular those …

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RGA – Greece must open market

At the Greek Gaming Conference 2014 today the RGA will outline its concerns about the Greek online gambling regime and will make the case instead  for the introduction of an open, regulated and fairly taxed market that would be to the benefit of both the Government and Greek consumers. The Remote Gambling Association (“the RGA”) has consistently stated that the …

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