The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has extended its support to the European Council as it called for the EU Commission and Parliament to ‘focus on ensuring the Single Market rules are better implemented and enforced to benefit European consumers.’
The EGBA has said that Council’s statement is ‘timely and justified’ and that a ‘Digital Single Market’ has ‘not been sufficiently developed to enable Europe’s citizens to benefit from the full potential of a truly functional and integrated online Single Market.’
The EGBA also said that the key to protecting online gambling customers is to create a single homogenous European market with uniform regulations. Currently, the European gambling industry is diverse with different rules depending on the country and jurisdictions. The association says that it makes consumers more vulnerable.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) said: “It is 2019: if the EU is really serious about making the single digital market work for its consumers, then the Commission should enforce EU law in all online sectors, including online gambling. We call on the Commission to fulfill its task as the Guardian of the Treaties by enforcing EU law in the whole online environment. The Commission should also reinstate the regulatory cooperation between the Member States in online gambling, to allow structured dialogue and help improve cross-border cooperation and the protection of consumers. It is time for the Commission to act.”