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EU Takes a Big Step Towards Regulation of Online Gaming

By Joss Wood, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer

On November 14th, the European Parliament voted to accept the report, “On Online Gambling in The Internal Market”. The report was prepared by Jürgen Creutzmann, a Member of the European Parliament.

As we have reported, the next step towards regulation will be for the European Commission to prepare a white paper which will set out specific proposals for regulation.

Sigrid Ligné, Secretary General of the industry association EGBA (European Gaming and Betting Association) commented:

“This vote constitutes a very welcome shift in the position of the European Parliament. Time is of the essence given that it is precisely now that Member States are pushing ahead and re-regulating their national online gambling markets.”

He went on to openly criticise one element lacking in the report.

“Unfortunately the Commission is silent on the need for hard EU rules to combat the increasing fragmentation of the Internal Market through uncoordinated national prohibitions and restrictions. Yet, as the Commission itself admits: ‘The development of the internet and the increased supply of online gambling services have made it more difficult for the different national regulatory models to co-exist.’”

If and when EU-wide gaming regulations are introduced, it would mark the end of restrictive national practices like those adopted by France. Poker players will have to hope that the regulations that the EU proposes will be much more practical than those recently agreed upon by the German Länder.

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