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Europe and North America regulatory bodies agree new partnership

| By Robert Fletcher
The Gambling Regulators European Forum (GREF) and the North America Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) have announced a partnership aimed at strengthening links between gambling regulators across both continents.
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Under the arrangement, GREF and NAGRA will work closely together to exchange knowledge and information on regulatory matters. The partnership brings together approximately 100 regulating organisations from across Europe and North America.

The collaboration includes GREF and NAGRA holding joint meetings of their relevant interest groups. Both organisations will support each other’s annual conferences, while the bodies will host seminars for members on emerging regulatory risks.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chair of French regulator Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) and also chair of GREF, welcomed the partnership. She said collaborations such as this are key in supporting gambling regulators.

“With a public opinion across the globe more and more concerned about the risks related to excessive gambling offer and with the increase of gambling markets and innovations, exchange between regulators worldwide is crucial,” Falque-Pierrotin said.

“Regulators of GREF and NAGRA face the same issues and I believe that this collaboration will improve the protection of our consumers.”

NAGRA and GREF to help regulator organisations address evolving gambling landscape

NAGRA president Ryan Winfield also welcomed the partnership. Winfield, from the Arizona Department of Gaming, said the link-up will benefit people in markets around the world.

“The power of partnership and collaboration between GREF and NAGRA is important in this ever-evolving industry,” Winfield said. “The changing landscape and the future of gaming makes it imperative that we reach out to other organisations in the industry in order to remain informed as we tirelessly serve our communities.

“This commitment to collaboration and communication will serve people across the globe.”

NAGRA comprises federal, state, local, tribal and provincial government agencies responsible primarily for regulating gambling in North American markets.

GREF brings together gambling regulators from across Europe to exchange views on issues relating to gambling. This includes regulation, supervision and control of operators and upon the gambling industry as a whole.

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