Tag Archives: European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA)

EGBA: Ireland should look to EU members as regulatory role models

Irish legislators overseeing the creation of the country’s gambling regulator have made several recommendations, a step welcomed by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).  Publishing its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Gambling Regulation Bill earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Justice recommended a pre-watershed ban on gambling advertising. Further advice on advertising included a proposed evaluation of how to …

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EGBA: Regular problem gambling reports ‘would benefit all sector stakeholders’

The European Gaming and Betting Association’s (EGBA) Secretary General, Maarten Haijer, has highlighted the importance of a ‘common mentoring and reporting framework’ following the results of a new study. Pan-European research by the City, University of London of 20 countries found that 12 have regular national surveys about problem gambling prevalence, although there are ‘significant differences’ in how these nation’s …

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EGBA addresses cyber-security threats with new expert group

Taking note of a range of cyber security threats to the betting and gaming industry, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has created a new expert group. The group will facilitate information sharing among EGBA members relating to cyber threats and attacks, as well as cooperation on tracking and resolving incidents.  Additional responsibilities will include the identification of vulnerabilities …

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Irish Gambling CEO search underway as Minister encourages applications

The application window for the position of CEO of the forthcoming Irish gambling regulator is open to a wide range of applicants according to Minister James Browne. Responding to a question from Deputy Paul Donnelly of the Dáil Éireann, the Minister of State at the Department of Justice, assured representatives that the recruitment search for an inaugural CEO is wide …

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Flutter adopts ‘comprehensive and challenging’ sustainability strategy

Flutter Entertainment has tasked itself with achieving three core objectives by 2030 in pursuit of its new sustainability strategy, dubbed the ‘Positive Impact Plan’. The FTSE100 gambling group intends to build on its previous achievements in sustainability and target areas where it can maximise its positive impact, in particular leveraging its ‘global scale’ to support local initiatives that provide impact …

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North Rhine-Westphalia opens to online gambling under federal regime

The Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia has made the decision to open the German state to online casino operations, under the the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv). Issuing an update on its website, the Landtag – the state assembly – revealed that five licences for online gaming will be distributed in Germany’s most populous federal state.  Legislators have also detailed that …

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EGBA promotes E-ID as a ‘streamlined method for compliance’

The European Gaming and Betting Association’s (EGBA) Manager of EU Affairs, Vasiliki Panousi, has supported the proposed introduction of a ‘European Digital Identity’ (E-ID), citing its advantages for both the gambling market and its customers. Should the E-ID be implemented, EU citizens would be able to store identity data such as name, date of birth, e-mail address, bank account numbers, …

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European Parliament’s Digital Services Act provisions welcomed by EL

The European Parliament has adopted a negotiating position on the provisions of the Digital Services Act (DSA), a development welcomed by the European Lotteries (EL) for enhancing consumer protection and measures against illegal online gambling.  Coming to a decision, MEPs approved the provisions by 530 votes to 78, with 80 abstentions, with the legislation now moving onto the ‘trilogues’ stage, …

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EGBA anticipates 2021 GGR rise against COVID headwinds

European gross gaming revenue is set to increase by 7.5% by the conclusion of the year, according to the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). End-of-year-data published by the cointiential trade body in cooperation with H2 Gambling Capital estimates that GGR for the sector will stand at €87.2 billion, primarily driven by a 19% increase in the online market to …

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Finnish payments blockings lambasted by EGBA as ‘missed opportunity’ for reform

The decision by Finnish authorities to implement payment blocks for online gambling has been condemned by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) as a ‘missed opportunity for overdue reform’. A government proposal to block payment service providers (PSPs) from accepting gambling transactions by amending the Lottery Act was passed by the Finnish parliament on Tuesday 14 December. The rationale …

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