Can Europe have a pan-regional self-exclusion system?

Can Europe have a pan-regional self-exclusion system?

Thursday, September 10, 2015
WrB was told about the pros and cons of a continental scheme

National regulatory bodies from various countries in Europe remain undecided over the potential introduction of a new pan-regional self-exclusion system that could address the continent's gambling market.

Details of RGOAL were unveiled during a session at WrB 2015 by Dr Hans Wolfram Kessler, chief executive of the new system.

Kessler explained that having spoken to some operators and developers, they would prefer a system that covers all markets in Europe, rather than having to deal with national regulatory systems in each country.

“If operators face numerous regulations across all European markets, this will create issues,” Kessler said. “RGOAL can block players all over Europe and it is more cost effective for operators.

“I think the system we have developed has some major advantages over state systems. European database is not just necessary, it is the only solution.”

Despite Kessler’s enthusiasm about the new system, members from two state regulatory bodies in Europe were undecided over the area. Marjolein de Paepe, from the Belgian Gambling Commission, said the issues should be a national one, instead of something that covers the entire European market.

De Paepe said: “We believe the level of protection should be at the discretion of the state. It should be a national issue, rather than a European one.”

Håkan Hallstedt, director general of the Swedish Gambling Authority, was also unsure about the system and, although he spoke positively about how the solution could work, he described a number of issues that would have to be overcome.

Hallstedt added: “It would be good to have a pan-European solution, but some operators prefer national authorities to do it themselves. It is a nice vision but I see a lot of obstacles when it comes to implementing and launching it.”

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