COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS.
The attached communication -- "Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling" -- is the report of the European Commission which today released its action plan on how to better regulate Europe's online gambling industry from tighter money-laundering controls to responsible advertising.
As noted in the report:
"These actions, fully taking into account the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, highlight five priority areas to address the challenges in the EU:
- compliance of national regulatory frameworks with EU law
- enhancing administrative cooperation and efficient enforcement
- protecting consumers and citizens, minors6 and vulnerable groups
- preventing fraud and money laundering
- safeguarding the integrity of sports and preventing match-fixing
The proposed actions focus on online gambling services and issues linked to the free
movement of services (Article 56 TFEU) and the freedom of establishment (Article 49 TFEU) in light of the growth of online gambling in the EU and the well-developed cross-border supply of such services. However, a number of the actions are pertinent to both online and offline gambling services.
Finally, this Communication responds to the Council's conclusions on the framework for gambling and betting in the EU Member States8, a series of Presidency progress reports, the resolution of the European Parliament on online gambling in the internal Market and to the Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee."
European iGaming companies, site operators, software providers, marketing services, and others with strategic business alliances in this market sector will be closely monitoring how the commission plans to deal with illegal operators as well as
the handling of member states that do not comply with various EU rules in this area.
I expect US gaming companies with cross-border activity, B2B relationships, and any other global approaches in this space to closely follow these key developments in the EU as well.