European Union Gaming Industry in the News — Weekly Round-up for January 25, 2019

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jan 25, 2019

Pace To Co-Lead Creation Of European Union Online Gaming Standards

As co-project leader of Comité Européen de Normalisation’s (CEN) Technical Committee

GSA Europe’s Managing Director Mark Pace has been elected by the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) to co-lead the creation of a European Union online gaming reporting standard.

CEN has established Technical Committee 456 to create this standard in support of online gambling supervision. GSA Europe joined Technical Committee 456 as a Liaison Organisation in 2017.

“The Technical Committee’s mandate from the European Commission is directly aligned with work that GSA Europe has already started, namely, to create a single standard set of data elements and single standard way in which data is provided by online gambling providers to EU Member State regulatory authorities,” a press statement reads.

“In addition to joining and now leading the Technical Committee’s work, GSA Europe also donated their draft Regulatory Data Set and Regulatory Reporting Interface to CEN seeking to help jump-start the Committee’s work.”

GSA Europe’s Managing Director Mark Pace:

“Being elected to act as a co-Project Leader of the Technical Committee is a huge honor. I am deeply appreciative for the votes of so many Member States and will work earnestly to help deliver a sound technical solution that will benefit both Regulators as well as online gambling operators and suppliers.”

Pace will work with co-project leader Peter Naessens, Director of the Belgian Gaming Commission director and Claire Pinson-Bessonnet, head of European and International Affairs for French gambling authority ARJEL.

DGOJ Wants To Expand Poker Liquidity To Other European Union Countries

Considers shared liquidity model as a success

Gambling regulators from Spain, France and Portugal have declared their Online Poker Shared Liquidity Agreement a success and are exploring expansion with other European Union or European Economic Area countries.

Spanish authority Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ):

“One year after the materialization of the first poker environment that accepts players from more than one of the mentioned jurisdictions, the French, Portuguese and Spanish regulatory authorities express their general satisfaction for the evolution of this new shared online ecosystem.”

The DGOJ noted that the alliance had not had any “significant incidents” in the implementation of the shared liquidity model suggesting possibilities for wider participation.

As a collective, France, Portugal and Spain said they are willing to cooperate with other countries in the European Union or European Economic Area that may be interested in signing the Shared Liquidity Agreement in the future.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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