EGBA demands iGaming Pan-European user rights. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has requested that a common uniform collection of consumer rights be adopted for the iGaming industry in Europe.
The European Commission (EC) will later this year issue its latest Consumer policy. The EGBA wants the EC to integrate its demand into the new strategy. Now it is working with stakeholders to establish a common pan-European consumer rights package.
In its submission letter to the EC, EGBA noted “The lack of regulatory consistency jeopardises online players’ safety, as it exposes them to the unregulated and unsafe websites of the black market, which profits to the detriment of the European economy.
“EGBA advocates sector-specific EU regulation for consumer and minor protection.
“There are simple rules that can be proposed, to ensure that online players, minors and players who are at risk are equally protected.
“For example, self-excluded players could benefit from a European self-exclusion register, that would prohibit access to any regulated website of the EU.
“To bridge the gap stemming from inconsistent rules on protecting minors from gambling marketing, EGBA has recently published a European code of conduct to establish minimum requirements on responsible advertising.
“Greater regulatory cooperation between member states can also facilitate the dialogue to achieve harmonisation.
“To this end EGBA regrets the dissolvement of the European expert group for online gambling, as national gambling regulators are deprived from the opportunity to meet and exchange in the framework of a common platform.”