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Online gambling must become more responsible with new standards

Brussels, 23rd February 2011

Malcolm Harbour MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament's consumer protection committee, has welcomed the publication of the first set of remote responsible gaming measures by the European Standardisation Committee (CEN), which aim to provide greater protection for consumers and more responsible gambling.

CEN agreed the new standards with the help of stakeholders from the industry, academia, players and gaming experts. The standards published today provide a clear list of measures such as self-exclusion, age limits, self-imposed limits, protection of vulnerable gamblers, information about the possible consequences of gambling, and information about where to obtain help in case of addiction.


Mr Harbour said:

"These new European voluntary standards will provide greater protection for online gamblers, and help control underage participation. With a commission green paper and a European Parliament report forthcoming in this area, it is an encouraging sign that the European industry has shown a willingness to self-regulate in order to create a safer environment for gaming across the Single Market"

"The online gaming industry is one that we want to operate within Single Market consumer protection rules. These CEN standards will give the industry clear and consistent guidelines, and they are a good step towards creating a single market regime for responsible and safe gaming. This is good news for the industry, for consumers, and for the Single Market."


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Notes: More information from CEN: http://www.cen.eu/cen/News/PressRele...gMeasures.aspx

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Responsible Remote Gambling Measures
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Post eCOGRA Welcomes First Pan-European Consumer Protection Agreement for Online Gambling

eCOGRA Welcomes First Pan-European Consumer Protection Agreement for Online Gambling

London, 23 February 2011

eCOGRA CEO and the Chair of the CEN workshop agreement on “Responsible Remote Gambling Measures”, Andrew Beveridge, today welcomed the publication of this first Pan-European consumer protection agreement by CEN.

CEN is the European Committee for Standardisation, one of three European Standardisation Organisations officially recognised by the EU (http://www.cen.eu/). CEN draws up voluntary technical specifications, such as a CEN workshop agreement, to help facilitate a single market for European industry and consumers across its members in 31 European countries.

This CEN workshop agreement on “Responsible Remote Gambling Measures” (16259) defines 9 policy objectives for the protection of online players in the European Union and 134 concrete measures to ensure that those objectives are actually met.

The 9 policy objectives are:

1. The protection of vulnerable customers
2. The prevention of underage gambling
3. Combating fraud
4. Protection of privacy
5. Fair gaming
6. Accurate customer payments
7. Responsible marketing
8. Customer satisfaction
9. Safe operating environment

CWA 16259 shows consensus across a wide range of remote gambling stakeholders – from experts on problem gambling and players to industry representatives and addiction and criminology academics - showing that there is real desire to work together to ensure consumer protection issues are fully addressed as important EU developments unfold.

Andrew Beveridge, Chief Executive Officer of eCOGRA and Chair of the CEN workshop agreement, said “Over the last 7 months, CEN has provided the platform for us to make this agreement to secure the high level of protection for consumers across Europe that is vital for the online gambling industry as it matures. eCOGRA intends to bring into line its own eGAP Requirements with these CWA control measures, thereby benefiting eCOGRA, its sealholders and players.”

He added “This is self regulation at its best, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from across the world for the benefit of the consumer. This agreement can only complement existing industry standards and inform both national and EU regulation of online gambling. It has been an honour to be part of and chair this process.”


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1st March, 2011.

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) welcomes the joint initiative of the Remote Gaming Associate (RGA) and European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) in formulating and publishing the CEN Workshop Agreement on Responsible Remote Gambling Measures.

André Wilsenach said “As an initial statement of best practice in the area of eGambling operational standards, the agreement is close to Alderney’s own published statements of eGambling standards and guidelines.”

Alderney has for many years been a leading contributor in the development of published minimum standards for the eGambling sector at the regulatory level. In the light of the current country-by-country evolution of eGambling licensing and regulation, common standards - whether developed by regulators or operators - form an important basis for cross-border co-operation and efficiency in the development of a reputable industry.


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