EGBA joins EU Safer Internet Day 2022 initiative
EGBA has joined the Safer Internet Day 2022 initiative as a partner. The initiative, facilitated by the European Commission and Better Internet for Kids, takes place today (Tuesday, 8 February 2022), with actions taking place across the globe under the theme “Together for a better internet”. This is the fourth consecutive year that EGBA participates to the initiative.
From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns. Much of the day’s activity will take place on social media. Be sure to check out the Safer Internet Day Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and TikTok profiles, and review the #SaferInternetDay and #SID2022 hashtags to see the discussions taking place.
To promote a safer internet environment for gambling, this year EGBA will:
1/ Promote safer online gambling and work with our members and other stakeholders to help reduce and prevent harmful gambling. We will:
- Promote the development of a common European standard on “markers of gambling harm” to support and inform safer gambling strategies in Europe.
- Continue to advocate for full implementation of the European Commission’s 2014 Recommendation on consumer protection in online gambling (2014/478/EU).
- Publish annual data about our members efforts to promote safer gambling, in a transparent and honest way.
- Organise the 2nd pan- European Safer Gambling Week, in coordination with other stakeholders, to promote and enhance awareness of safer gambling.
2/ Ensure that our members conduct their advertising and marketing activities in a socially responsible way. We will:
- Commence the monitoring of EGBA’s pan-European code of conduct on responsible advertising. Monitoring of the code will be commissioned to an independent third party.
3/ Publish research about online gambling behaviour and Europe’s online gambling sector and have an open and honest dialogue with other stakeholders about these. We will:
- Publish research reviewing problem gambling monitoring in Europe.
- Develop a centralised resource of information for players about the national self-exclusion registers which exist in Europe – and promote these.
- Develop a centralised resource of information for players about the national gambling support helplines which exist in Europe – and promote these.
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is the Brussels-based trade association representing the leading online gaming and betting operators established, licensed, and regulated within the EU, including bet365, Betsson Group, Entain, Flutter, Kindred Group, and William Hill. EGBA works together with national and EU regulatory authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated and well-channelled online gambling market which provides a high level of consumer protection and takes into account the realities of the internet and online consumer demand. EGBA member companies meet the highest regulatory standards and, in 2020, had 234 online gambling licenses to provide their services to 29 million customers across 19 different European countries. Currently, EGBA members account for 36% of Europe’s online gambling gross gaming revenue (GGR).