French regulator teams up with ESSA

French regulator teams up with ESSA

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Totally Gaming
ARJEL's Charles Coppolani said the agreement strengthens the regulator's integrity framework

France’s gambling regulator ARJEL has signed an integrity agreement with ESSA just days before the country hosts the Uefa Euro 2016 national football team tournament.

The companies said the agreement will allow them to exchange information with each other on suspicious betting. The partnership protocol covers a range of sports and competitions, with the operators stating that it demonstrates their “ongoing commitment to protecting sport, consumers and regulated betting markets from the threat of match-fixing”.

“We are delighted to be working with ARJEL,” said Mike O’Kane, chairman of integrity unit ESSA. “This agreement represents an important milestone in establishing a network of international information sharing agreements between regulators and responsible regulated betting operators.

“One of our key objectives has been to establish cross-sector partnerships as the most effective means of tackling betting related corruption in sport.”

ESSA, whose members include many of the world’s biggest betting operators, already has memoranda of understanding with more than 20 sports federations and regulators, such as football's global governing body Fifa and the UK Gambling Commission. It also holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic Committee.

Charles Coppolani, chairman of ARJEL, said: “The exchange of information and international cooperation with betting companies is a key part of the Council of Europe Convention to protect sport and tackle corruption. This agreement strengthens our betting integrity framework ahead of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, taking place on French soil.

“Sports betting integrity is paramount and ARJEL is committed to protecting that ethos and to working with responsible stakeholders such as ESSA.”

TotallyGaming.com says: “It is positive to see ARJEL embracing the betting industry through this deal. Regulators have a much better chance of preventing gambling fraud within sport by working with the sector, rather than against it.”

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