European Online Gambling Regulators Meet in Rome

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 -
European Online Gambling Regulators Meet in Rome

Europe is still working on the platform for a regulated online gambling system that satisfies the requirements of the European Commission. The main stumbling block seems to be the monopolies that are entrenched in certain jurisdictions within the European Union.

In order to get all the counties on the same page informal talks took place on the 16th and 17th of January making this the forth such meeting online gambling regulators in Rome Italy.

Representatives of online gaming regulators from Spain, Germany, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom met for the informal talks with their Italian counterpart Autonomous Administration of the State Monopolies to discuss a series of issues which according to all accounts did not include European shared liquidity.

The information gathered will be forwarded to the Group of Experts on Gambling Service created by the European Commission back in 2012 for the purpose of developing a base for advice for the Group. The delegations from the various countries were given the opportunity to visit the premises and operations of the Italian national IT Company, Sogei. The firm has developed and managed the system responsible for all the gambling action in the Italian market.

Those who attended the informal talks shared information and opinions on the regulatory platforms of domestic markets. The development of market standardization and data by the European Union was also examined. Legal issues concerning personal data exchange and the security surrounding the process was also looked at. Also the group agreed to collaborate more effectively in combating illegal offerings including a process for the European Commission to support and facilitate such a collaboration.

The participants also according to the official press release said they would ‘maintain high standards of player and public protection reflecting each states’ cultural and political priorities in a way that takes account of regulatory costs for multi-jurisdictional licensees. The work of other groups of regulators in promoting greater commonality of standards and transfer of test results was discussed.’

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