4/18/2012 : EGBA MANIFESTO ON SUSTAINABLE ONLINE GAMBLING IN EU
 
Five action points prioritised for discussion
 
The European Gaming and Betting Association’s (EGBA) anticipated manifesto for sustainable online gambling in the European Union was published this week stemming from its involvement in the issue raised by the European Parliament Report on Online Gambling in the Internal Market in November 2011.
 
Five priority action points have been identified by the organisation which represents gambling firms that include bwin.party, Betclic, Unibet, Interwetten, and Expekt.
 
1.   The European Commission fulfilling its role as Guardian of the Treaty
2.   Structured regulatory cooperation among national authorities
3.   An EU legal framework for online gambling
4.   Problem gambling prevention measures based on evidence
5.   EU action to fight sport fraud
 
Sigrid Ligné, secretary general of EGBA said, “Our Manifesto is designed to be a timely input to the Commission as it prepares its EU action plan for online gambling.
 
“We are calling for the introduction of European rules to ensure proper protection for consumers while affording fair and transparent licensing conditions for EU operators.”
 
The report was discussed by European gambling regulators in a meeting held for the first time in February.  A continuation by way of a second meeting is expected in the near future.