The Danish Gambling Authority has published a report in which the agency describes its work with illegal gambling in 2022. However, the Danish Gambling Authority is not alone in the fight to combat illegal gambling. Recently, a European association of gambling authorities, of which the Gambling Authority is a member, issued a statement declaring that it will work actively to combat illegal gambling.
Behind the declaration stands the organisation GREF (Gaming Regulators European Forum), which consists of 36 European countries and jurisdictions. The Danish Gambling Authority is a member and actively participates in several working groups and has also helped to formulate the statement issued.
Among the members, there is a great desire and agreement to increase cooperation across Europe in the fight against gambling operators who offer gambling without permission. This must be ensured, among other things, through meetings and the exchange of information about websites that offer gambling without permission in the respective countries.
Of particular concern to the countries behind the declaration is that the illegal websites do not offer the same protection to players and do not meet the standards required of licensed gambling operators. The gambling authorities behind the declaration will work to make players aware of their lack of protection when playing on unauthorised sites and the consequences they have for players.
There is of course a big difference in the legislation in the GREF member countries, and the declaration states that this must of course be respected. Therefore, there is no question of a new EU-legislation, but there is an agreement to work together as much as possible on consumer protection and to ensure a fair gambling market throughout Europe.
The member states also want to stand together for a constructive dialogue with online platforms; especially social media, which challenges all members.
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