Tag Archives: RGA

General Court of the EU upholds the Danish tax regime for online gambling

The General Court of the EU issued a ruling at first instance in the Danish State aid case (and upheld the European Commission’s decision, confirming that the Danish regime instituting a lower tax for online gambling is compliant with EU state-aid rules. In doing so, the Court found that the applicants did not demonstrate that they were directly and individually …

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Betting industry welcomes international match-fixing cooperation

The European regulated betting industry welcomes the Council of Europe’s Convention on match-fixing, which aims to prevent the manipulation of sports results. The EGBA, ESSA, and the RGA, believe that it represents a relatively positive and potentially significant development in the fight against sport and betting related fraud. At the same time, certain provisions raise concerns regarding their compatibility with …

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RGA calls for Portugal’s Santa Casa to review online gambling framework

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has noted the opposition of Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa (“SCML”) to the government’s plans to regulate the online sports betting market, but the RGA believes that a viable and competitive market in the future would benefit not just consumers and the government, but Santa Casa as well. The RGA argues that the Portuguese …

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EC recommendations get gambling industry support

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has welcomed the recent EC recommendations designed to help Member States provide a high level of consumer protection for online gamblers. The recommendations, the follow-up of the 2012 Action plan designed to pave the way for a comprehensive framework on online gambling in the Internal Market, are already largely part of the industry’s normal practice …

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ESSA’s Khalid Ali: long and challenging process to remove ‘betting right’

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, comments on the passage of the Council of Europe’s convention on the manipulation of sports competitions. “The industry has worked hard over the last couple of years to work constructively with policymakers on the Council of Europe’s proposed text, most notably including the removal of the promotion of …

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RGA criticises Portuguese Government of creating “punitive taxes” and “unviable conditions”

Gambling trade association – Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has labelled the Portuguese Governments plans to implement a 8-16% revenue tax on sports betting operators as “punitive” and “unviable”. The association has raised concerns about Portugal’s current draft igaming proposal and its amendments, which are currently being reviewed by Portuguese parliament legislators. Portugal had planned to liberalise its sports betting market, …

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Has gambling advertising reached its watershed?

Today Helen Grant MP described gambling advertising as ‘pervasive’ while announcing a set of measures clamping down on the betting industry, put together as much for enhanced player protection as they have with one eye on next’s year’s General Election. While it obviously isn’t a good sign for the gambling industry (or indeed the TV companies), the government has actually …

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Associations formalise social responsibility work with new group

The UK’s main gambling trade associations have joined forces to establish the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) – a new body that formalises the responsible gambling work that the associations carry out.  The IGRG provides a structure to better promote socially responsible gambling in the British gambling market. Building on existing relationships and work streams, it will also provide …

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RGA ire at Treasury ignorance on remote tax

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has restated its view that (i) a rate of 15% for the new point of consumption tax is too high; and (ii) the regime still does not appear to make allowances for bonuses and incentives. This heightens the risk that British licensees will lose significant market share to black market operators and that this will …

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Clive Hawkswood: Industry can’t do effective self-exclusion alone

SBC News caught up with Remote Gambling Association Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood to ask him a few questions about his organisation’s new ground-breaking agreement with GamCare and Gordon Moody Association for protecting vulnerable people using self-exclusion. SBC: What has been the biggest challenge in setting up a self-exclusion system for remote operators? Clive Hawkswood: For individual remote operators, self-exclusion works …

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