EGBA welcomes the publication of Ireland’s Gambling Regulation Bill

The publication of the Gambling Regulation Bill marks a significant milestone in the Irish government’s efforts to modernise the country’s gambling regulations and to bring its regulatory framework into line with EU member states. 

BRUSSELS, TODAY – Ireland’s process of gambling reform has taken a step forward today after the Irish Parliament published the long-anticipated Gambling Regulation Bill. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), representing Europe’s leading online gambling operators, welcomes the publication of the Bill, which marks a significant milestone in the Irish government’s efforts to modernise the country’s gambling regulations.

The Gambling Regulation Bill proposes new regulations for land-based and online gambling in Ireland, including the creation of a new authority to regulate gambling, a social fund to support education and problem gambling treatment, a national self-exclusion register for online gambling, new rules for gambling advertisements, and a ban on the use of credit cards for gambling payments. The Bill will now follow the Parliamentary process, with the first reading expected in the Parliament in early 2023. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Bill is expected to become law in late 2023.

EGBA welcomes the proposal to establish a gambling authority and hopes it will be well-resourced, has the necessary powers to tackle unlicensed gambling offers, and maintains an open dialogue with the country’s licensed gambling operators, other gambling regulators and stakeholders to identify best practices. EGBA fully supports the creation of a self-exclusion register in Ireland and has advocated for this previously as an essential safety net against gambling harm.

EGBA members are committed to promoting safer gambling in Ireland and elsewhere and have, in recent years, been investing heavily in a strong culture of safer gambling both internally, inside their businesses, and externally, in how they interact with their customers and broader society.

Today is a significant milestone, and we congratulate Minister Browne and his team for bringing forward the Bill. EGBA fully supports the Irish government’s ongoing efforts to establish modern regulations that fit the digital age and bring the country’s regulatory framework into line with EU member states. We look forward to the finalisation of the Bill and engaging constructively with Irish policymakers to ensure the outcome is a well-functioning system of regulation that protects the interests of the many Irish citizens who gamble safely and recreationally, sets a high level of protection for consumers and those experiencing gambling-related harm, and provides clarity and long-term predictability for the gambling sector.” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.

* Ireland’s upcoming gambling regulations were the topic of a recent webinar discussion which EGBA co-hosted with the Irish Bookmakers Association during European Safer Gambling Week.

About EGBA

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is the Brussels-based trade association representing the leading online gambling 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 authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated and well-channelled online gambling market which provides a high level of consumer protection and takes account of 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).

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