EGBA Sets Out Online Gambling Wishlist
The release of the list came ahead of the European Parliament meeting on the issue on June 27.
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has confirmed that its end goal is a single license for all European online gambling operators.
However, this goal is currently distant. Despite the ongoing debate sparked by European Commission (EC) chief Michael Barnier's Green paper, the launch of expert workshops on problem gambling and the adoption by the European parliament of the Creutzmann report, the situation is actually worsening.
Many countries have introduced criminal sanctions against online gambling operators and consumers, using legislation that violates EU law, according to EGBA's Sigrid Ligne, while the difficulties of the 27 European "mini-markets" push customers towards the unregulated market.
The EGBA wants the European Parliament to establish a legal obligation for cooperation between EU members in handling online gambling regulation.
The EGBA has proposed the harmonization of targeted licensing requirements and common technical and common consumer protection standards. This would protect consumers and minimize unregulated online gambling.