|All parties inputting into the proposed EU Services Directive on gambling must try to take a wider view, not the current US/ EU centric thinking that currently pervades, was the message emanating from the first annual European Gambling Briefing held in Brussels, 25-26 April|
outlining his vision of proposed EU harmonization, speaker Martin Sychold, Project Manager of the Study of Gambling Services in the EU internal market explained the scope of the project, but also warned that operators, lawyers and regulators are well advised to try to aim for ‘Uniform international standards’ in order that the recognition of gambling growth and other regulation regions the world, especially in online gaming, required a global perspective.
The conference, hosted by information providers ATE, saw a gathering of more than 100 delegates from 27 countries. In all 38 speakers, from regulating bodies, legal entities, banking and finance houses and other key players in the growth of the European market, gave a wide vista of views on how harmonization may occur.
The audience posed several questions to the chair, Thibault Verbiest, Partner of law firm LYS Belgium and well known advocate of good practice in legal Gambling standards. Debate raged about the benchmark legislation in the UK, with its Gaming Bill nearing approval, with Morton Ronde, Legal Advisor, Danish Gaming Board questioning its likely robustness in enforcement compared to Danish standards.
“EGB’s first event has been fantastic and has demonstrated just how much change is going on in the gambling industry and the legislation that surrounds it,” said ATE CEO Peter Rusbridge, “The answers can come from governmental legislation or court ruling, either way legislators, regulators, lawyers and commercial operators will need a forum such as EGB at which they discuss the rulings and understand how they are to be interpreted.”