Extracts from the press conference by Michel Barnier on Online gambling
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/10/2012 First transmission: 23/10/2012
On 23 October 2012, Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, gave a press conference on online gambling.
Online gambling in the EU is characterized by diverse national rules. The European Commission has unveiled an action plan, with a series of initiatives aimed at clarifying the regulation of online gambling and encouraging cooperation between Member States.
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||Arrival of Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services
||Soundbite by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH): I opted for consultation and step by step approach in order to make some progress; saying that they wanted to have consistency with the internal market and they wanted to have protection for the most vulnerable, for the young people; and they also want to tackle trafficking and the fixing of matches (4 shots)
||Soundbite by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH): The first aim is the respect of the European laws; the second aim is to reverse the supervision and to promote administrative cooperation rules in order to ensure the rules at the national and European level and to do so they need the powers, i.e., competent regulations which closely cooperate within the 27 European States; therefore they are asking EU Member States, to establish regulation authorities with clear competences and adequate resources, if not the case yet.
||Soundbite by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH): 75% of EU citizens under the age of 17 use the internet; they have to pay very close attention to this group of age; so the EU needs to agree on joint standards for protecting minors; it is also pushing for more responsible advertising and increased parental awareness of the dangers associated with gambling; they want to make sure that they have to identify the age of the people using online gambling websites; and they also want to have better communication as well and they want to raise awareness of the danger connected with the online gambling.
||General view of the conference room