The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called for better EU regulation to offer greater protection to children and online gamblers.
In a paper released on Thursday, EGBA said that gambling rules between various European states should be more harmonious to protect customer rights and support the online economy.
EGBA said that although the removal of more national barriers in the digital economy was a difficult one, it has to be faced by the European Union (EU) as Europe could be left behind by a global economy that is undergoing a continuing digital revolution.
The document calls for action to ensure that the 12 million European online gamers only have access to EU-protected sites and that they are fully covered by EU regulations.
According to the EGBA, a starting point in the push for a safer online sector would be for the new EU Commission to adequately enforce existing customer protection rules. And it also called for a new framework that would allow national gambling regulators to communicate across international borders on issues that require international co-operation to address:
“In the absence of policy consistency, more cooperation between regulatory authorities is a vital necessity to encourage exchanges of best practice and better alignment of national policies. The incoming Commission should reinstate regulatory cooperation between national gambling regulators to ensure better policy consistency.”
The EGBA also called for a single set of rules for the regulation of the European online gambling sector. However, they say this could only be achieved by EU policymakers coming together to provide better EU regulation.
The EGBA represents a wide range of operators within the European gambling sector, covering 19 of the regulated gambling markets across the continent.