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New online gambling rules a welcome development – Hayes

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Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Sunday) welcomed the implementation of a cross border code of conduct for online gambling. Mr Hayes made his comments after the European Commission drafted guidelines were signed by EU Member States.

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“This year more than 7 million citizens across the EU gambled online. While it’s the responsibility of individual Member States to legislate for gambling, legislating for online gambling has proven most difficult.”

“The new agreement will allow regulators in individual Member States to set up a system to share information about companies that offer online gambling. It will also ensure compliance with national laws as well as prevent money laundering and fraud.”

“Online gambling has been an issue of contention between Member States for some time. Every year more and more people are turning to online gambling as compared to the traditional betting shop. It’s clear that something had to be done to protect EU citizens” concluded MEP Hayes.

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