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Published on 24-03-11

A public consultation has been launched by the European Commission to obtain a factual picture of the current situation regarding the online gambling market in the EU.   The paper will look the policy issues resulting from the rapid development of both legal and illicit online gambling.

The Commission wants to collect detailed information and data on key policy issues such as organisation of on-line gambling services and enforcement of applicable laws, consumer protection and other relevant public policy challenges, as well as commercial communications and payment services.

    Have your say about online gambling in Europe

    Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said: "With this Green Paper, we have launched an ambitious consultation with no pre-determined views on its possible follow-up. The on-line gambling market in the EU continues to grow rapidly and generates important revenues that are sometimes channelled into good causes. Its expansion must go hand-in-hand with a determination to protect our citizens, especially minors, and to ensure that offers of these types of services within the EU are sound and well-regulated."

    Total annual revenues in this market already exceed £5b and are expected to double by 2013, but a significant part of the market operates without a license.

    The UK has the largest market with more than 50 per cent of adults gambling at least once a month and 73 per cent of adults gambling at least once a year.

    Contributions to the consultation can be submitted until 31 July 2011.

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