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ANJ, KSA agree to co-operate for efficient regulation

| By Daniel O'Boyle
France’s gaming regulator, L'Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) and its Dutch equivalent the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), have signed a memorandum of understanding, to co-operate on issues such as money laundering and player protection.
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The agreement was signed today (23 October) by Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairwoman of the ANJ, and René Jansen, chairman of the KSA.

The memorandum means the two regulators will work together to “enhance the efficiency of regulation” in a series of areas. These include the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing, player account management, advertising supervision and preventing problem gambling.

The agreement marks the second memorandum of understanding signed by the KSA this week, following one with Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen, in which the two bodies will share information and work together to enforce actions against operators that have breached license conditions or are operating in either jurisdiction illegally.

The KSA also signed a similar MoU with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) in August.

The ANJ, meanwhile, announced formal cooperation agreement with the Service Central des Courses et des Jeux (SCCJ), the police unit responsible for the supervision of casinos and racetracks, earlier today. This partnership will focus on information sharing, regulatory co-ordination and each organisation informing the other of regulatory action.

The ANJ was established in June of this year as a regulator for France’s entire gambling industry, replacing online regulator l’Autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL).

The KSA, meanwhile, is currently preparing for the launch of online gambling in the Netherlands. Although initially scheduled to launch on 1 January, 2021, two different delays mean the market is now set for launch on 1 September.

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