The new unified gambling regulatory authority of France, L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), has entered into a cooperation agreement with Service Central des Courses et des Jeux (SCCJ) to secure better control and monitoring of land-based gambling activities.
The SCCJ, a federal police unit, is responsible for supervising the licencing and conduct of French casinos and racetracks.
Formed this June, the ANJ, meanwhile, functions as France ‘s central governance and policy body for all aspects of gambling and the management of key industry standards relating to customer security , data management and healthy gambling.
ANJ and SCCJ will aim to strengthen cooperation between the management and duties of the French gambling monopoly Française des Jeux (FDJ) for lottery and retail sports betting and Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU), France’s authorised racetrack operator, at the heart of the partnership agreement.
Furthermore, with regard to the management of France’s 228 racetracks and 200 licenced land-based casinos, ANJ will aim to streamline data sharing and operator information.
In order to establish a centralised reporting structure for all aspects of French gambling, ANJ has continued to collaborate with current and former French regulatory bodies and government agencies attached to the gambling sector as a core mission.
In its June update, ANJ Director-General Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin announced that the governing body had prioritised the creation of two reference structures for the safety of French federal gambling and a second one for the AML and behaviour duties of licence holders.