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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 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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EGBA: Gambling advertising halved on IP infringing websites

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has disclosed that online gambling operators have made marked progress in protecting their advertising campaigns and brand IPs from online infringement.  A new study by the European Union’s (EU) Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has revealed a significant reduction in advertising from major gambling brands on websites and mobile apps which infringe on intellectual …

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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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EGBA: EU states closing gaps on consumer protection but policy splits remain visible

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has lauded progress with regards to consumer protection across 10 EU member states, but maintains that ‘gaps’ remain. Citing the results of a study by the City, University of London (CUL), the Brussels-based trade association highlighted post-2018 developments in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and the Netherlands in particular, with the latter having initiated …

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EGBA welcomes Irish regulatory plans but expresses concern at free bet ban

Proposals to introduce a regulatory body to provide greater oversight of the Irish betting and gaming industry have been welcomed by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), but the organisation remains concerned about some potential measures. Described as an ‘extremely powerful’ regulatory body by Ireland’s Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, the …

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Flutter joins EGBA as organisation strengthens sustainability pledge

Flutter Entertainment has become the latest operator to join the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). By joining the Brussels-based trade group, Flutter has reiterated its commitment to industry responsibility and safer gambling across the European betting and gaming sector, with the organisation representing EU licenced and regulated operators. The Dublin-based FTSE 100 company joins a range of prominent betting …

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EGBA cites industry progress on safer gambling duties

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reported that its members are “significantly stepping up their safer gambling efforts” towards their customers, including the greater deployment of tools and increased communications to promote safer gambling. The comments come in the group’s Sustainability Report 2020/21, which aims to support accountability, transparency and reinforce a strong culture of safer gambling in Europe’s online …

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Norway targets unlicensed ‘foreign gambling companies’ with new legislation

Norway’s Ministry of Culture has introduced a new Gambling Law, implementing tighter restrictions on unlicensed international betting companies operating in the country, as well as their affiliates. Proposed by the government on 18 June and described as a ‘milestone’ by Abid Raja, Norweigan Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, the new bill aims to merge the nation’s fragmented gambling frameworks. …

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