Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling Communication was adopted by the European Commission on 23rd October.
This Communication sets out an action plan which is seeking to enhance clarity throughout the EU for the benefit of national authorities, operators, consumers and related industry such as payment service or media service providers. Five action areas are prioritised to address the challenges faced at EU and national level:
- compliance of national regulatory frameworks with EU law
- enhancing administrative cooperation and efficient enforcement
- protecting consumers and citizens, minors and vulnerable groups
- preventing fraud and money laundering
- safeguarding the integrity of sports and preventing match-fixing
You can read more about the Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling Communication (PDF) in the EU Press Release.
There are also these other PDF’s or pages:
Staff working paper: Online gambling in the Internal Market (PDF)
Online gambling in the Internal Market – Frequently asked questions
Public consultation on Online gambling: summary of replies (PDF)
As pokerQ4 have been saying over the last year who will stand up and fight for the online gambling and especially the poker players? Non of the poker organisations seem to have the legal power, will or activity to protect online poker players in Europe or ROW. The EU have in stated in this Communication that
Consumers, but more broadly all citizens must be adequately protected, money laundering and fraud must be prevented, sport must be safeguarded against betting-related match-fixing and national rules must comply with EU law.
Member States individuamarkets and regulations
The Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling Communication does not mean that the EU will harmonise regulations in member states but introduces better codes of conduct.
Member states are not allowed to introducing national laws that restrict the online gambling market. But as long as they can show that a measure is necessary they can restrict the access of specific online gambling services.