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Payment service provider Aircash joins EGBA


EGBA is delighted to welcome Aircash as its first associate member, with Aircash also becoming the first payment service provider to join the association. Brussels/Zagreb, 22 November 2023 - Aircash, a leading European payments service provider, has become the first company to join the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) as an associate member. EGBA, the Brussels-based association representing Europe’s leading online gaming and betting companies, recently introduced new membership options for companies within the sector’s ecosystem, including payment service providers. Based in Croatia, Aircash is a prominent digital payment platform provider in Central and South-Eastern Europe and offers seamless and compliant financial services that adhere to the range of regulatory requirements in Europe. As an associate member of EGBA, Aircash will contribute its expertise to shape the association's awareness and positioning in the payments landscape. Hrvoje Ćosić, CEO, Aircash: "We are proud to join EGBA. As one of Europe's...

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European Court Annuls the Commission’s Decision Not to Investigate Granting of Lottery Licenses on Compliance with EU State Aid Rules


The Court of Justice of the EU has sided with EGBA in its appeal against the European Commission’s refusal to open a state aid investigation into the granting of lottery licenses in the Netherlands. Luxembourg, 15 November 2023 - The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled today that the European Commission must investigate possible unlawful financial advantages resulting from the way in which the Dutch State granted licenses to incumbent lotteries in the Netherlands. EGBA welcomes today’s CJEU ruling in its favour. In 2020, the Commission concluded that a formal EU investigation into the Dutch licensing procedure was not necessary, stating that the procedure did not provide incumbent lotteries with illegal state aid, and subsequently closed the original complaint filed by European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) back in 2016. EGBA appealed the Commission’s decision to the CJEU in March 2021, asserting that the renewal of...

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EGBA welcomes plans for overhaul of Finland’s online gambling monopoly


The Finnish government’s plans to modernise its online gambling regulation by establishing a licensing system for online gambling will bring it into line with all other EU member states. Brussels, Today – The Ministry of the Interior in Finland has announced a legislative project to reform the country's gambling monopoly system by introducing a license system for online gambling, including casino games and betting activities. EGBA, representing Europe's leading online gambling companies, welcomes this announcement as a crucial milestone in addressing the shortcomings of Finland's outdated monopoly framework for online gambling. The legislative project aims to draft necessary proposals for the reformation of the gambling system. These proposals will cover various aspects, including the gambling activities to be included in the license system, license fees, taxation, safer gambling rules, prevention of gambling-related harm, and advertising regulation. The project will run until 31 December 2025 and aims to conclude with a...

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Betway Joins EGBA's Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines


Betway has become the first brand outside of EGBA’s membership to sign up to the organisation’s pan-European guidelines on anti-money laundering. Brussels, 19 July 2023 – The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is pleased to announce that leading global online betting and gaming brand Betway has joined its pan-European anti-money laundering guidelines. By signing up to the initiative, Betway underlines its commitment to combatting money laundering in Europe’s online gambling sector. As the leading trade association at European-level for the online gambling sector, EGBA developed the guidelines to strengthen the sector's efforts in fighting financial crime and ensuring compliance with the latest anti-money laundering regulations in the EU. The guidelines, published in March 2023, provide practical and sector-specific recommendations for operators in areas such as, amongst others, customer and business risk assessments, customer due diligence processes, suspicious transaction reporting, and record-keeping. The guidelines employ a risk-based approach to assist...

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Safer gambling messaging sees 20% growth in 2022, with increasingly personalised approach – new report from EGBA


EGBA members sent 45.5 million messages to their customers last year to promote safer gambling, with nearly half of these being personalised, according to EGBA’s latest sustainability report. BRUSSELS, TODAY – Members of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) stepped up their efforts to promote safer gambling last year, sending 45.5 million safer gambling messages to their customers, a 20% yearly increase, according to the organisation’s third annual sustainability report published today. Nearly half, or 48%, of these communications were personalised, meaning that they were sent to individual customers in direct response to their actual playing behaviour, up from 40% the previous year, indicating an increasingly personalised approach by EGBA members to safer gambling promotion. EGBA’s annual Sustainability Report 2022/23 outlines the joint efforts and progress made by the association and its members to promote safe and sustainable gambling and contribute positively to society in Europe.[1] Included in the report are...

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EGBA publishes new pan-European anti-money laundering guidelines for online gambling


The new guidelines strengthen EGBA’s anti-money laundering leadership by introducing a set of standards which online gambling operators should apply to ensure the highest level of compliance with the latest anti-money laundering rules in the EU. Brussels, Today – The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has published its first pan-European guidelines to support the online gambling sector’s contribution to Europe’s fight against money laundering. The guidelines - reviewed and revised by Europe’s top anti-money laundering (AML) compliance experts - reflect the latest technologies and laws and build upon EGBA’s commitment to promote the highest level of industry responsibility in AML. The EGBA guidelines on fighting money laundering and terrorist financing contain practical, sector-specific guidance on how online gambling operators should conduct customer and business risk assessments, customer due diligence processes, suspicious transaction reporting, record keeping, and other essential areas which require strong AML compliance. The guidelines - which operators...

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