Declaration of gambling regulators of France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom

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A few days before the opening of the football World Cup, the ANJ brought together the German, British, Spanish, French and Portuguese gambling regulators in Paris on 15 November 2022.

This meeting was an opportunity to discuss several issues, including the fight against illegal gambling, player protection and advertising during the World Cup.

On the latter subject, the regulators decided to commit to working together to closely monitor gambling operators’ compliance with regulations on advertising, betting integrity and consumer protection during the World Cup.

This joint commitment was formalised in the following statement:

This weekend will see the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

We recognise that this is one of the world’s largest and most high-profile tournaments and is therefore likely to see an increase in betting activity.

As regulators, we have a key role in ensuring that consumers are protected throughout the tournament.

Working closely together during this period, we are committed to monitoring the gambling market, ensuring advertising, betting integrity and consumer protection regulations are followed by gambling operators. Throughout the tournament in Qatar, that will mean increased cross-border cooperation, particularly through the exchange of information, expertise and best practices.

In order to improve awareness of the risks around gambling harm, during the tournament we will also be increasing our activity on social media to promote how people can gamble safely.

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