Tag Archives: Maarten Haijer

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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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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EGBA orders Italy to explain planned licensing reduction 

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has issued a notification to the European Commission demanding that Italian authorities explain why they have published a draft law proposal seeking to reduce the number of online gambling licences by two-thirds. A reduction of online gambling licences had been initially proposed by the former 5Star-DP coalition government, as a draft measure attached to …

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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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