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Commission launches studies on betting-related match-fixing

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Commission launches studies on betting-related match-fixing

  • Start date : 06/11/2013 16:50:44

The Commission has just launched two studies related to the prevention and fight against betting-related match-fixing.

 

As announced in its Communication 'Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling', the Commission intends to adopt a Recommendation on best practices in the prevention and combatting of betting-related match-fixing. These two studies which are expected to be finalised by mid-2014, will gather evidence and contribute to the preparation of this Recommendation.

The first study, to be carried out by TMC ASSER Instituut, covers risk assessment and management and prevention of conflicts of interest in the prevention and fight against betting-related match-fixing in the EU 28.
The overall objectives of the Study are as follows:

1.       To map the situation in the 28 EU Member States as regards:

  • Risk assessment and management: risk assessment and management refers to situations where bets on a given sporting event are not offered (e.g. sport competitions involving mainly or exclusively under-18 players). It also refers to those situations where the betting offer is restricted by the regulator or the operator in relation to a given sport or competition (e.g. prohibition of live betting or of betting on specific facts of the game or negative events (cards, penalties, etc.) or prohibition of betting on partial results of a game),
  • Conflict of interest prevention: conflict of interest prevention refers to cases where certain people/categories of people are prohibited from betting on sport events (e.g. athletes, referees or coaches, as well as their families, on the competition in which they participate) or to disclose insider information in relation to events in which they participate. It also refers to cases where betting operators' owners and employees are prevented from betting on their own products (e.g. ban on operator's employees to bet in relation to games for which they are in charge of compiling the odds), abusing a position of sponsor or part-owner of a sport organisation/club or disclosing insider information.

2.       To identify any existing regulations in the Member States and self-regulatory arrangements governing risk assessment and management and conflict of interest prevention;

3.       To identify existing arrangements, such as bilateral or multilateral arrangements between Member States, aimed at cross-border cooperation and enforcement as regards risk assessment and management and conflict of interest prevention.

4.       To describe how the identified different rules governing the risk assessment and management and conflict of interest prevention are enforced at national and cross-border level.

5.       To draw conclusions with regard to the possibility for the EU to act to improve the situation on the basis of identified problems.

The second study, to be carried out by a consortium composed of Oxford Research and VU Amsterdam, covers the sharing of information and reporting of suspicious sports betting activity in the EU 28.
The overall objectives of the Study are as follows:

1.       To identify existing national regulations, self-regulatory arrangements and practices governing the detection, collection, processing, sharing of information and reporting of suspicious sports betting activity, involving sports organisations, betting operators, gambling regulators, providers of betting monitoring mechanisms and other relevant national authorities in the 28 EU Member States;

2.       To describe the role and tasks of national authorities (including gambling regulators, police, public prosecutors, judicial bodies, etc.), sports organisations, and betting operators in relation to suspicious sports betting activity, including the collection and storing of relevant data.

3.       To identify arrangements at EU and international level (bilateral or multilateral arrangements) that ensure exchange of knowledge and intelligence about suspicious sports betting activity.

4.       To draw conclusions with regard to the possibility for the EU to act to improve the situation on the basis of identified problems.

Relevant stakeholders, in particular sports organisations, betting operators, gambling regulators and providers of betting surveillance mechanisms are invited to cooperate with the contractors in charge of the studies in order to ensure an optimal collection of relevant data and information.

The two studies are expected to be finalised by mid-2014.