|The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to issue formal comments on an Italian draft decree for the regulation of remote gaming in the nation.|
The Italian pronouncement lays out requirements for the regulation of remote online gambling operators wanting to do business in the country but also raised concerns from Malta in the form of a Detailed Opinion. These actions have prevented Italy from adopting the decree in its current format before the end of the month and should result in amendments.
“The Commission’s decision suggests that even if Italy has demonstrated a genuine improvement in bringing its legislation into line with European Union law, the Italian remote gaming legislation still contains measures that don’t serve a clear legitimate public order interest,” said Sigrid Ligne, Secretary General for the EGBA.
The EGBA stated that it wants recognition of protective measures already practised by operators licensed in other European Union states in establishing a level of protection for Italian citizens to ensure that operators are fully regulated, licensed and established.
The Italian draft also imposes severe restrictions on the types of games that can be played in Italy. The EGBA said that this reduces competition and is to the detriment of the consumer.
Finally, the EGBA stated that a proposed obligation for remote operators in the country to be connected continuously to the Italian regulator’s centralised IT system would generate additional costs. This is a technological barrier for foreign operators, it stated, and is disproportionate because it does not take into account other successful but less burdensome and costly measures that already exist in other jurisdictions.
“We hope that in the coming weeks, the Italian authorities will amend their draft decree in an attempt to solve the few remaining issues” said Ligne.