Austrian Association joins pan-European lobby effort

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Due to a lack of certainty in its own online gaming market, the Austrian gaming trade body has joined forces with the EGBA to help realise a continent-wide regulatory regime.

 

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he European Gaming and Betting Association has announced the induction of its newest member, the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG), to help drive for clarity in pan-European gaming regulation.

After welcoming the Gibraltar and Swedish trade associations to the EGBA in recent years, the OVWG is the third affiliate member to join, signalling a growing desire among EU groups to push for a more cooperative regime across the continent.

“OVWG faces many challenges on the Austrian market and joining the EGBA will strengthen our position both in Austria and on EU level,” said OVWG president Claus Retschitzegger.

“EGBA has been the leading voice for the industry in Europe for many years, and we can now benefit from their vast experience of other European markets and knowledge of EU law and procedures. The prime objective of OVWG is to support the enactment of a new, fair and modern regulation for online gambling in Austria”.

Secretary general of EGBA Maarten Haijer said that he was very pleased to welcome the Austrian body and looked forward to cooperating with such an important group adding: “It is puzzling that even Austria, where so many successful online operators originate from, still has no online gambling regulation in place that fits with the realities of the digital economy and online consumer behaviour.”

The growing EGBA membership is seen as a testament to the importance of influencing the discussions at EU level, especially now as EU digital regulation increasingly applies to the online gambling sector. “For an evidently cross border sector like ours the proper application and enforcement of EU law becomes ever more important,” Haijer added.

For Retschitzegger the desire now for more pan-European regulatory cooperation stems from increasingly detrimental uncertainty in Austria’s booming online gaming market.

“There is too much legal uncertainty with the current regime in Austria for many years,” said the president. “Now, as a relatively new interest group in Austria, we are ready and willing to contribute to a new regulation that is both EU compliant and strong on player protection.”

 


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