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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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Complaint filed against unlawful payment blocking scheme in Norway

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is seeking for an investigation to be conducted in Norway, “for serious breaches of the privacy of Norwegian citizens when conducting online payments.” The EGBA, who represent Europe’s leading online gambling operators, has asked the Norwegian Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) to investigate a payment blocking scheme, established in 2010 by the Norwegian Gaming …

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Kindred Group wins CJEU appeal against ‘discriminatory’ Hungarian licensing regime

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) the European Union’s principal law court has ruled against the Hungarian government’s online gambling licensing framework, stating that the regime had placed unfair business conditions for European operators seeking to enter the market. A formal appeal had been brought to the CJEU by European sports betting operator Kindred Group, who detailed that Hungary’s Gambling …

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European operators to work under new EU anti money laundering (AML) directive

Following a two year process, the European Parliament has approved a new anti money laundering (AML) directive, which aims to strengthen EU member states framework on tax evasion and terrorist financing. The AML directive will increase monitoring of digital transactions, making it accessible it easier for authorities to trace funds. Financial services institutions and online gambling operators will be made …

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Online gambling to be included in Fourth European Anti-Money Laundering Directive

The European Gaming & Betting Association has announced that the entire gambling sector is now included in the scope of the fourth anti-money laundering directive. EGBA welcomes the deal reached by the negotiating teams of the European Parliament and the Member States on 16 December, which will ensure that the online gambling sector is subject to one set of rules …

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ECJ to investigate Swedish online gambling laws

Swedish online gambling laws will face the scrutiny of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), after European Commission (EC) stated that Sweden did not comply with European business practices and legislation. At present state owned gambling operator Svenska Spel, has exclusive rights to offer online gambling services in Sweden. The EC stated that Sweden had breached European business regulation concerning …

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Betting industry welcomes international match-fixing cooperation

The European regulated betting industry welcomes the Council of Europe’s Convention on match-fixing, which aims to prevent the manipulation of sports results. The EGBA, ESSA, and the RGA, believe that it represents a relatively positive and potentially significant development in the fight against sport and betting related fraud. At the same time, certain provisions raise concerns regarding their compatibility with …

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