EGBA Welcomes the Proposal to Introduce Irish Gambling Regulatory Authority

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Dr. Katie Hartmann, Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of the European Gaming and Betting Association has spoken at a stakeholder seminar in Dublin about the proposed changes to the gambling regulations in Ireland.

The seminar was part of the legislative package to regulate gambling activity in Ireland, including the online sector. The new bill foresees the creation of an independent gambling regulator and a number of other changes to Ireland’s gambling framework.

Dr Hartmann said: “We welcome the proposal to establish an independent gambling authority and will follow closely the discussions on how the new regulator will be established and the powers it will have.

It is in the interest of everyone involved in the gambling sector – companies, players and policymakers – to have a well-regulated online gambling market, which provides legal certainty and protects Irish players by ensuring they can play within a regulated environment. To enable this, a Gross Gaming revenue tax, among others, is of crucial importance so that licensed gambling operators can offer a competitive product.

For the law to be a success it should introduce a licensing system which is competitive and establishes a high degree of standards for operators and consumers alike.

All reputable operators already have responsible gaming tools in place, but regulation should make those obligatory for all operators on the Irish market. Likewise, the Irish authorities should consider introducing a self-exclusion register for those who have, or are at risk of, problem gambling behaviour. These punters should be able to exclude themselves from accessing gambling websites if they feel the need to.

We look forward to the finalisation of the draft law and will work constructively with the proposed gambling authority to implement it.”