Bienkowska (EU): “The Commission will not propose any directive or code of conduct for the gaming sector”

“The Commission recognizes the serious social and health consequences of the gambling problem and encourages Member States to ensure a high level of consumer protection. Some risks have been analyzed in the Commission Recommendation of 14 July 2014 on the principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gaming services and for the prevention of minors from online gaming.

Furthermore, all EU Member States are parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which enshrines the protection of children from violence, including risks related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) such as the gamble.

As there is no sector specific EU legislation on gaming, Member States are free to regulate gaming activities as long as they are in line with the internal market rules established by the Treaty and interpreted by the EU Court of Justice. The rules on gambling, including betting regulations and consumer protection, therefore vary between EU Member States, as does the situation on the ground regarding the number and proliferation of betting and gambling establishments “.

This is the response of the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Elzbieta Bienkowska, to the questioning by MEP Ana Miranda (Verts / ALE) on the betting sector in Spain. “The Commission does not consider proposing any pan-European framework directive or code of conduct in relation to gaming services at this stage. Similarly, the Commission has not carried out an evaluation of the recommendation on the protection of consumers and minors of online gaming services, “he concluded.

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