The national regularity framework consists of two models that is based on licensed operations and the other is based on monopoly that may apply in the market of casino and gambling.These two models have coexisted in the internal market due to the relatively limited possibilities in the past for cross-border sales of gambling services.
The online gambling market is the fastest growing segment of the global gambling market, with annual revenues of over EUR 6.16 billion in 2008 .Thus, monopolies have often been allowed to operate online, and some Member States with monopoly regimes have opted progressively for an opening of their online gambling and betting market. It is important to note that in some national regulatory regimes, sports betting is subject to relatively looser licensing regimes compared to other forms of gambling. In summary, as a result of the development of the Internet and the increased supply of online gambling services, the coexistence of these different national regulatory models has become more difficult.
The challenges posed by the coexistence of different regulatory models are illustrated by the number of preliminary rulings in this area, as well as by the development in the Member States of significant illegal online markets, the so-called “gray” .Enforcing national rules faces many challenges, raising the issue of the need for closer administrative cooperation between competent national authorities, or other types of action. Moreover, of the 14,823 active gambling sites in Europe, over 85% operated without a license.
Given the obvious cross-border impact of this development of online gambling services, both legal and unauthorized, as well as its link to several issues already covered by EU law, the Commission intends to thoroughly investigate a number of issues related to the effects of the development of online gambling activity, and the possible answers that public policy can give in this case, in order to have a complete overview of the existing situation, to facilitate the exchange of good practices between Member States and to determine whether different national models of gambling regulation may continue to coexist if specific action is needed in the EU. This consultation also responds to a series of Presidency Conclusions (2008-2010) as well as the European Parliament Resolution on the Integrity of Online Gambling (2009).
The Commission shall launch this consultation in an open spirit, without prejudice to the conclusions to be drawn at a later stage regarding the need to take action, the form, where appropriate, and the level at which it is to be taken. Its fundamental purpose is to gather factual information, evaluate the issues involved and collect the views of all stakeholders on a multi-dimensional phenomenon. Many visitors used this for more information joinsini.
The invitation to comment refers to all or some of the issues addressed in the document. Each section is followed by specific questions.
The consultation and questions contained in this document focus mainly on online gambling and on issues related to the free movement of services (Article 56 TFEU), as a result of the significant development of cross-border provision of these services.The Commission also wishes to emphasize that, in the absence of harmonization in this area, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, it is the responsibility of each Member State to determine, in those areas, according to its own scale of values, what is necessary to ensure protection. interests in question.