Pan-European legislation is not on the cards says EC

24/10/2012

The European Commission said this week that it was not proposing pan-European gaming legislation.

Setting out measures to protect consumers, the Commission said it will encourage cooperation between the EU’s 27 member states to ensure children are not allowed to gamble online and other users are not drawn to rogue sites.

“Consumers, but more broadly all citizens, must be adequately protected, money laundering and fraud must be prevented, sport must be safeguarded against betting-related match-fixing and national rules must comply with EU law,” Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said.

Barnier said legislation was possible at a later point if cooperation did not prove effective.

“If the measures which we want to take together prove to be insufficient, the commission will propose more ambitious measures, including legislation,” he told a news conference.

Clive Hawkswood of the Remote Gambling Association broadly welcomed the news but said that the EU should act more quickly to address more than 30 complaints that companies had filed over the past four years relating to the way laws had been applied in member states.

“There has been no action since 2008 on a single complaint or infringement proceeding,” said Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association, a body including leading betting companies Betfair, Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

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