European Commission Study Online Gambling Focus

Published Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Online-Casinos.com
European Commission Study Online Gambling Focus

The chances of the European Union creating a common platform for online gambling operators to work with are remote at best. The European Commission launched a study into the rights of sports organisers in the European Union which has concluded that there is no legal basis or rationale for an EU-wide right to consent to bets.

The focus of the study arranged and compiled by the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, and the Dutch Asser Institute determined the rights of sports organisers in the European Union, targeting the sports betting operators. The study revealed that the “costs associated with the administering of the right to consent to bets will always be considerable” and that there is “no evidence for a link between the financial return stemming from a right to consent to bets and the financing of grassroots sport”.

In parts of the E.U. the researcher learned  that the right to consent to bets has the associated risk that those sports that are not part of the mainstream could be more exposed to “integrity risks” as for the majority of sports organisers, the financial return would be “insufficient” to cover their own integrity costs. The study concluded that the conditions required to implement a right to consent to bets are capable of “constituting an unjustified restriction of the free moment of services” in the E.U.

Maarten Haijer, secretary general for The European Gaming and Betting Association commented, “This very comprehensive study illustrates clearly that a sports betting right cannot act as a safeguard to keep corruption out of sport,” adding, “Such right has many practical and legal shortfalls, and the regulated betting industry is encouraged to see that no other Member States in the EU have decided to copy the French model.

Remote Gaming Association, CEO, Clive Hawkswood, said, “We welcome the publication of the Asser Study on sports organisers’ rights as we did the opportunity to participate in the consultation process.”

 

 

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