EGBA embraces new CJEU consumer protection ruling

21 Feb 2018

egba cjeuThe European Gaming and Betting Association have declared their support towards the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (CJEU). According to it, the European Commission (EC) had complete legal authority in setting specific guidelines towards safeguarding the security of online gamblers within its Member States.

The CJEU turned down the Belgian Government’s objections, which stated that the guidelines violate Treaty-based competences. In response to that objection, the CJEU found the guidelines to be compliant with the Member States’ rights to manage their own online gambling policies.

The EGBA stated that CJEU aimed at providing practical pathways towards consumer protection in Member States, as well as help minors keep away from online gambling.

The guidelines serve as a significant tool to help ensure that Member States retain good consumer protection standards for online gamblers, with EGBA claiming that they are not legally restrictive in their nature.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA announced the association’s agreement with the guidelines and their contribution in consumer and minor protection in the Member States.

He also urged the Commission to ensure their proper implementation and detect gaps where corrective measures should be taken.

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