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Consultation on on-line gambling in the Internal Market

Policy field
Internal market

Target group
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from market participants, national governments and national competent authorities.

Period of consultation
From 24/03/2011 to 31/07/2011

Objective of the consultation

On-line gambling services are today widely offered and used in the EU and the economic significance of the sector is growing at a very high speed.

The advent of the internet and the growth of on-line gambling opportunities are posing regulatory challenges as these form of gambling services can cross-borders and national regulatory frameworks differ rather significantly between Member States. These frameworks can be broadly categorised into:

  • licensed operators operating within a strictly regulated framework and
  • strictly controlled monopoly (State owned or other).

A number of Member States have also embarked on a review of their gambling legislation to account for these new forms of service delivery. Furthermore, the growth of on-line gambling opportunities has given rise to the growth of an unauthorised market, which consists of

  • unlicensed illegal gambling and betting activity, including from third countries and
  • operators licensed in one or more Member States offering gambling services in other Member States without having obtained the specific authorisation in those countries.

These developments pose regulatory and technical challenges but they also give rise to societal and public order issues, such as the protection of consumers from fraud and the prevention of gambling addiction.

The primary objective of this public consultation is to collect information from all interested stakeholders on the existing situation of the EU on-line gambling market and the key policy issues that the growth of this market gives rise to. These stakeholders can be citizens, private and public gambling operators, providers of media-related services, intermediary service providers (data storage centres, internet service providers, payment service providers, etc.), sport event organisers, good causes beneficiaries and other beneficiaries, public administrations and authorities, and other interested stakeholders, such as those with an interest in treatment or prevention of problems related to gambling and addiction.

The consultation is an invitation to express your views, share your expertise and contribute data. Your contributions to the consultation will determine the need for and the form of any EU follow-up action in this field.

View the consultation document

Reference documents

Number of responses received to this consultation

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In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Commission’s Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

Specific privacy statement PDF - 18 KBEnglish

Last update: 20.10.2011