EU LAUNCHES IGAMING GREEN PAPER


European Commission has launched a Green Paper consultation on the current state of online gambling


RESPONDING TO CALLS from the European Parliament and its Member States, the European Commission has launched a Green Paper consultation on the current state of online gambling that is set to include expert workshops on specific themes.

The European Commission revealed that the primary aim of the new Green Paper consultation is to 'obtain a facts-based picture of the existing situation in the European Union online gambling market' while investigating the 'different national regulatory models'.

The body stated that it will accept contributions from industry stakeholders until the end of July before determining 'the need for and form of any European Union follow-up action in this field'.

"With this Green Paper, we have launched an ambitious consultation with no pre-determined views on its possible follow-up," said Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services.

"The online gambling market in the European Union continues to grow rapidly and generates important revenues that are sometimes channelled into good causes. Its expansion must go hand-in-hand with a determination to protect our citizens, especially minors, and to ensure that offers of these types of services within the European Union are sound and well-regulated.

"It responds to calls from the European Parliament and the member states for us to address these questions jointly. This consultation is not about liberalisation of the market, it is about ensuring that the market for online gambling services within the European Union is well-regulated for all."
 
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