The European Commission has published its long awaited response and action plan following the organisation’s Green Paper consultation on online gambling launched in March 2011, but has stopped short of proposing EU-wide legislation on online gambling.

The policy document has been praised by private operators with regard to its commitment to enforce EU law and revisit outstanding infringement proceedings.

The Communication identifies “the key challenges posed by the co-existence of national regulatory frameworks” and “also seeks to propose answers to these challenges”.

The Communication, entitled ‘Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling,’ is split into five main areas: ensuring compliance with EU law; enhancing cooperation and enforcement; protecting consumers; preventing fraud; and safeguarding the integrity of sport. Each has a set of action points for the Commission and Member States to adopt and enforce.

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