- Societal role
- Economic dimension
- International cooperation and external relations
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:
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.