Interview with ECA Secretary General Hermann Pamminger on Gioconews

UNIFIED FRONT AGAINST THE PANDEMIC OF ILLEGALITY

Eca, El and Wta make an alliance to fight unlicensed online gaming: the aim is to raise awareness among European and national politicians about its risks for both States and consumers.

European casinos closed, in large numbers, for Covid-19, also in this 2021, whose beginning luckily coincided with the start of the vaccination campaign on a global scale.
An emergency for companies, their workers and their properties, whether public (this is the case of Italy, where also their management companies are public) or private, which see their sources of income and, in the long run, even of survival, almost entirely disappear. But it is an emergency that must not make us forget the other fronts to work on and that indeed, due to the lack of a “land-based” gaming offer, become even more urgent. Above all, the fight against illegal online gaming, that is to say those “dot coms”, as we know them in Italy, which are aimed at a national customer, despite they don’t have the authorizations required, with heavy negative consequences both for the public coffers, which are deprived of important income, and for legal operators (that, on the contrary, pay taxes), but also as regards the protection of the final consumer, ie the player.
The European Casino Association got on the frontline, creating an “alliance” with two other highly representative associations at European and world level, European Lotteries and World Tote Association, in order to support the upcoming Digital Services Act package of the European Commission, which aims to modernize the rules to fight illegal online contents, even when they concern gaming.
The general secretary of the Eca, the Austrian Hermann Pamminger, explains the aims and initiatives of the newly formed Alliance Against Illegal Gambling.

February 06, 2021

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