Moves To Restrict Gambling Advertising In Belgium Progress (Update)

Council of Ministers approve wide-ranging gambling promotion restrictions

The Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens’ proposed amendment to the Betting and Gaming Act, specifically targeting restrictions on gambling advertising has been approved by the Belgian Council of Ministers.

The preliminary draft law submitted in June 2017, with the support of the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC), bans the broadcast of gambling advertisements before 20h00, from live sporting events altogether and from appearing on sports related equipment and kits, a blow in sponsorship terms for operators and sport club’s alike.

In addition, the proposed legislation raises the minimum online gambling age to 21, previously set at 18 years of age, and strengthens the Gambling Commission’s sanctioning powers.

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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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