The Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) has written an open letter to lawmakers calling for tighter restrictions on the gambling sector and the introduction of regulations for social gaming.

The letter, signed by BGC president Etienne Marique, strategic advisor Marc Callu and director Peter Naessens, calls on the country’s next government to strengthen the existing regulatory framework and increase the resources available to the regulator to take into account the growth of the Belgian gaming market.

"New figures indicate that gambling appeals to an increasingly visible part of the population, while the regulatory framework is not up to scratch," the BGC says in the letter. "The role of the regulator must be enforced in order to protect the credibility of the state, and the sector must be restricted because exploitation of betting is not a normal economic activity."

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