Tag Archives: Maarten Haijer

EGBA – Single Market unity key to protecting online gambling consumers

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has backed the European Council’s statement urging the incoming EU Commission and Parliament to ‘focus on ensuring the Single Market rules are better implemented and enforced to benefit European consumers’. The EGBA backs the Council’s statement as ‘timely and justified’, stating that as yet the European Union’s ‘Digital Single Market’ has ‘not been sufficiently …

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EGBA – EU common rulebook will solve online gambling inconsistencies

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Maarten Haijer, Director General of the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA), has urged European Union policymakers to push for the development of a common rulebook on online gambling protections, standards and safeguards. Writing a guest post on EU news source Politico.eu, Haijer reaffirms EGBA’s position that a reported +12 million European online gambling consumers are being underserved by inconsistent …

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EGBA – Lotteritilsynet punitive actions prove that Norway needs gambling reform

The executive of pan-national industry trade body – the ‘European Gaming & Betting Association – EGBA’, has accused Norway’s gambling authority Lotteritilsynet of regulatory over-reach for demanding that national banks block payments deemed to correspond with online gambling transactions. EGBA governance reacts to weekend news reports that Lotteritilsynet is actively targeting the restriction of payments of six Malta MGA licensed operators …

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EGBA urges Dutch Senate to move on 2019 gambling makeover

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Industry trade association The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has moved to back Sander Dekker’s (Dutch Minister of Legal Protections) proposals to overhaul the Netherlands’ gambling regulatory framework. This week, the Dutch Senate will re-debate the mandate of the much disputed Netherlands ‘Remote Gambling Bill’, which has remained stagnant in progress since securing its House of Representative approval in 2016. …

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No Harmony! EGBA outlines EU-wide failings on protection & responsibility standards

Online gambling trade body the European Gaming and Betting Association  (EGBA) has published its latest study ‘Consumer Protection in EU Online Gambling Regulation’, outlining significant all-around failings in consumer protections across EU member states. The study is authored by Dr Margaret Carran of City University London and reveals an un-harmonised and unequal marketplace with regards to online consumer protections which …

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MRG affirms commitment to safe gambling environment with EGBA

MRG has been confirmed as the latest member of Brussels-based industry body  the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). The EGBA represents leading iGaming operators that are established, licensed and regulated within the EU. It works together with national authorities, EU authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated and attractive iGaming offer for EU citizens. The industry body pursues and …

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EGBA deems Norwegian blackout as ‘unproductive & unnecessary’

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has warned the Norwegian government not to proceed with its directive to block payment transactions on remote gambling services. The industry trade association states that Norwegian authorities will simply implement difficult-to-enforce and counterproductive directives which will not protect its national consumers. Maarten Haijer, EGBA Secretary General, has called for the Norwegian government to move …

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Lotto monopoly questioned in The Netherlands

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Monopolies on sports betting and lottery scratch cards are to remain in The Netherlands, but The Council of the State, the nation’s highest administrative court, has ordered a rethink of its lottery monopoly. Following an appeal by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), alongside international gambling firms Unibet, Betclic and Betfair, the council ruled that the existence of only …

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Hungarian gambling regime in second EU court punishment

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The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that the Hungarian requirement to have an offline casino, in order to be sanctioned to offer online casino games, is a “clear violation of EU law.” In a case regarding EU-licensed and regulated operator Sporting Odds, the CJEU had been asked whether the freedom to provide services, under Article 56 of the …

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European Court of Justice backs online gambling guidelines

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The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has rejected a case brought forward from the Belgium Government, to annul European Commission guidelines, relating to consumer protection from online gambling, to member states. Arguing that by issuing the guidelines the Commission had gone beyond its treaty based competences, the CJEU found that they did not interfere with the right of member states to regulate online …

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