Green Paper on Europe's Online Gambling Industry to be Discussed

Published Sunday, August 14, 2011 -

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the European Union. Committed to European integration, the EESC contributes to strengthening the democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the European Union by enabling civil society organizations from the Member States to express their views at European level.

The European Economic and Social Committee gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions - the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.

On September 6th 2011 from 930 CET to 1230 the EESC will gather to discuss the preliminary draft of their opinion on the European Commission’s Green Paper. The European online gambling industry is currently under much scrutiny and this culminated in the European Commission announcing a Green Paper and continent-wide consultation on the online gaming industry earlier this year. The Green Paper set out the basis for its implementation, to look at four key policy issues concerning the European online gaming industry. These are the “definition and organization of online gambling services,” “related services performed and/or used by online gambling services providers,” “public interest objectives,” and “enforcement.”

The aim of this gathering is to discuss the preliminary draft EESC opinion on the Commission’s Green Paper as well as to hear the view of stakeholders and interested parties, especially from the lotteries, the gambling sector, the sport industry, but also from the regulators, as well as from the consumer side, all of which are particularly concerned by this issue.
This important event is to take place at the committee’s Head Quarters at Rue Van Maerlaut 2, 1040 Brussels, with the possible outcome revealing the future direction that the online gambling industry should take in Europe.


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