The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) commended the willingness of the European Commission to ensure the functioning of the Single Market, with an action plan outlined for implementing EU-wide rules.
The trade association has asserted consensus that the application and compliance of EU law is a joint responsibility of both the European Commission and member states, and has encouraged the former to ensure that online businesses and customers really benefit.
With respect to the aforesaid joint responsibility, the EGBA states that it “does not negate the special role of the European Commission as the guardian of the Treaties to ensure EU law is adhered to, as well as its role in supporting member states to avoid potential infringement by scrutinising their draft laws and maintaining dialogue via the Technical Regulation Information System notifications”.
TRIS is a web-based information system that enables data exchange between national public administrations and the European Commission on technical regulations, with the EGBA welcoming a pledge to ensure that Member States properly notify the Commission of all of their draught legislation.
Maarten Haijer, secretary general of the EGBA stated: “EGBA welcomes the Commission’s commitment to making the single market work but EU law should be enforced more strongly across all sectors, including online gambling.”
The group, which represents online gaming and betting operators, has persistently emphasised that the EU single market can not function properly without implementing its rules more aggressively.
This maintains that such compliance is particularly necessary in the online space, not least because EU citizens spend more time buying goods, services and entertainment activities, such as online gambling, online.
It continues that “the need for stronger enforcement is particularly clear in those sectors which are not yet harmonised, such as online gambling”.
The EU online gambling market amounts to € 22.2 billion and increases by 10 percent each year, but the 16.5 million Europeans who bet online experience 27 different sets of national online gambling regulation.