European Commission rejects calls to bring back Expert Group on Gambling

| By Nosa Omoigui
The European Commission has decided against reforming the Expert Group on Online Gambling, despite calls from regulators and the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) members to do so.
European Commission decleines reformation of Expert Group on Gambling

Rene Jansen, chairman of the Dutch regulator KSA, initially wrote to EU Commissioner Thierry Breton on behalf of EGBA members calling for the Expert Group’s re-establishment.

However, Breton’s response claimed there was no reason to reform the group which was disbanded in 2018.

Breton said: “In December 2017 the Commission decided to reduce its activities… in the area of gambling. The Commission continues to apply its decision of December 2017.

“As a consequence, DG GROW has no longer been actively following gambling-related
issues since the expiry of the mandate of the Expert Group in 2018. At this stage, our
Directorate General does not intend to reverse this decision and to reinstate the Expert
Group on Gambling Services under its responsibility.”

Breton also suggested that EGBA members look to existing EU Commission services which could help address issues raised in Jansen’s letter, such as services regarding anti money laundering, consumer and youth protection, and prevention of addiction.

The Commission recently proposed new reforms for money laundering for the EU. This would include the creation of a new authority focused on money laundering and a new supervisory system.

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