The regulated betting industry’s integrity body ESSA and French gambling regulatory authority ARJEL have signed an integrity agreement ahead of the Euro 2016 football championships which begins Friday.

The agreement will allow ESSA and ARJEL to exchange information with each other on suspicious betting patterns in sport.

The partnership covers a range of sports and competitions, and demonstrates both parties’ ongoing commitment to protecting sport, consumers and regulated betting markets from the threat of match-fixing.

“We are delighted to be working with ARJEL; this agreement represents an important milestone in establishing a network of international information sharing agreements between regulators and responsible regulated betting operators,” said Mike O’Kane, chairman of ESSA. “One of our key objectives has been to establish cross-sector partnerships as the most effective means of tackling betting related corruption in sport.”

Charles Coppolani, chairman of ARJEL, noted that the exchange of information and international cooperation with betting companies was a key part of the Council of Europe Convention to protect sport and tackle corruption.

“This agreement strengthens our betting integrity framework ahead of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, taking place on French soil,” he said. “Sports betting integrity is paramount and ARJEL is committed to protecting that ethos and to working with responsible stakeholders such as ESSA.”

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