Regulation must keep up with growing French market, says new ARJEL board member

Regulation must keep up with growing French market, says new ARJEL board member

Monday, June 13, 2016 Totally Gaming
Cecile Chaussard is an expert in sports law and French public law

Cecile Chaussard, who has been appointed to the advisory board of ARJEL, tells what she hopes to achieve in her new position with the French regulator. Chaussard, who has consulted numerous international organisations and businesses on French public laws and labour policies, discusses the growth of the country’s online gaming market, and how ARJEL is looking to keep it on the right track… Could you tell us about your new role with ARJEL, and why you were attracted to it?

Cecile Chaussard: As a new member of ARJEL’s board, I will participate in collective decision-making related to matters such as the delivery of agreements to the online betting or gambling operators and gaming software approval. I will also be involved in defining the categories of competitions, and in the definition of types of results which can act as a basis for sporting bets.

As an expert in sports law, I hope to be able to shed light, from a legal point of view, on regulation issues within an economic market such as the online betting market, while taking into account the objectives established by lawmakers for the development of a regulated, attractive and legal offer.

TG: Could you tell us how you believe the gambling industry is perceived by the public and lawmakers in France?

CC: As I just came into the board, I may not yet have enough insight, although it could be relevant to highlight that even if there is not a strong culture of sports betting in France, except for horse racing, the sports betting market is currently performing very well - it was up by 47 per cent during the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015. In my opinion, this assessment justifies ARJEL’s role of regulator, as conferred by lawmakers: looking after the development of a market economically regulated thanks to an attractive and legal supply, anticipating addictive behaviors and avoiding potential match-fixing.

TG:  Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate, said ARJEL’s advisory board is looking to "strengthen its code on ensuring public policy protections against addiction and consumer safety" through your appointment. Could you tell us about any particular areas of concern and how they can be improved?

CC: The question about the prevention of addictive behaviors has been an integral part of ARJEL’s mission since its creation. It is an essential public health issue whereby some games, such as slot machines, are not available online today in France in view of the recognised risks of addiction. I completely share with President Gérard Larcher the wish to maintain this policy as an essential aspect of ARJEL’s mission.

TG: What will you consider to be success in your role?

CC: I’d like to be part of the essential evolution of ARJEL’s authority and its areas of competence, in order to follow up the strategic thinking initiated during the symposium organised by ARJEL in October 2015. The online gaming and gambling market has evolved since ARJEL was created in 2010, and I hope to contribute towards the necessary adjustments within the online gambling regulation mechanism.


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