European Commission Determines Online Gaming Agenda
- 07/17/2012By Maria McCoyGoogleThe European Commission, the acting arm of the European Union, has placed online casino games regulation back on its active agenda. Michael Barnier, the Commission's Director has said that an action plan will be forthcoming in the Fall.
The plan will tackle a variety of issues including proposed measures to cap unregulated online gambling as well as ways to handle illegal gaming websites, including those that operate offshore. The Commission will also offer recommendations on how to regulate and supervise licensed top rated online casinos.
In his statement to the European Parliament last week, Barnier pointed out that non-compliant national regulatory bodies were also being reviewed. Currently, the Commission is reviewing nine pending infringement procedures as well as twenty-eight complaints made against twelve different member states.
Barnier stated that the European Commission will be re-examining pending infringements begin processing complaints made against member states whose gambling regulation violate EU policy.
The plan is to initiate contact with all member states of concern, remind them of the EU policies and urge them to take care of the violatons. Barnier stated, "If blatant infringements persist, I will not hesitate to propose to my colleagues that the appropriate proceedings be taken or re-launched."