The new Internal Markets Commissioner of the European Union, Michel Barnier has addressed the confused state of online gambling on the continent and said that one of his first tasks would be to seek coherency in legislation governing this field. The issue of online gambling continually comes up, with the EU currently following a policy of insisting that member states allow foreign operators to offer their services within their borders, in line with free trade agreements. However, confusion reigns in the matter, with many states still flouting monopolies or outright bans on internet gambling.
“I want to launch a constructive dialogue on gambling with the Parliament and member states and concerned stakeholders,” said Barnier this week.
The Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), Sigrid Ligne said that the move to address the current confused state of online gambling in Europe was very welcome. “With several Member States currently reforming their gaming and betting legislation, this is an important confirmation that the Commission will not stand by while Member States introduce restrictions that go against fundamental principles of the EU,” said Ligne. “We believe that the respect of Internal Market rules in our sector will promote high standards and improve the protection of players throughout the EU.”
EGBA promotes fair competition for European licensed operators and consumer choice in a regulated European internet gambling market.