The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomed the latest proposals made in the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposals of the European Commission.
The release of the proposals follows the Commission’s call for a “ambitious reform of the digital space.”
The long-awaited legislative initiative to support the Digital Markets Act would enact regulations to govern broad digital networks and ensure equal and open markets influenced by digital gatekeepers.
European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager commented: “The two proposals serve one purpose: to make sure that we, as users, have access to a wide choice of safe products and services online.
“And that businesses operating in Europe can freely and fairly compete online just as they do offline. This is one world. We should be able to do our shopping in a safe manner and trust the news we read. Because what is illegal offline is equally illegal online.”
While the European online gambling industry would not be explicitly regulated by the DSA, the EGBA claims that the proposal remains significant due to its effect on ‘ex-ante rules for digital gatekeepers such as social media companies, the digital liability of online platforms, online advertising, and notice and take down actions’.
Proposals for the DSA will be forwarded to the European Parliament and to the Council, which will review the plan and recommend amendments before deciding together on the final substance of the legislation.
The EGBA reiterated the need for more general EU rules and initiatives’ in support of the proposals, such as e-ID for cross-border digital industries such as the European online gambling industry.
Maarten Haijer, EGBA’s General Secretary, added: “We welcome the Commission’s Digital Services Act and hope this will be the beginning of renewed efforts by the Commission to address many of the regulatory challenges which impact on companies and consumers who buy and sell services in the digital space.
“One of the challenges we see in Europe’s online gambling sector is the need for more consistent regulations in the EU, particularly in respect to customer protection, and the Commission needs to step up to address the current fragmentation.”