EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar 2018

The 2018 edition of the EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar took place on 07-11 November in Ljubljana thanks to the great support of our host lottery Loterija Slovenije. The Seminar gathered together almost 60 participants from 17 jurisdictions.

The Seminar kicked off with a heated discussion on the Italian gambling advertising ban, set to take full effect in July 2019, and the expected impacts thereof, both internally and across other Member States.

Recent gambling advertising legislative developments

According to Massimo Agati (SISAL), not only is the Italian ‘Dignity Decree’ introducing the ban subject to some serious formal and procedural shortcomings, it is fundamentally flawed as it oversees the role advertising plays in the channelization of players to the regulated offer and makes no distinction between products of low and high risk of gambling addiction. This makes it much more difficult for the players to make informed decisions and thus leaving them less protected.

Talking of the Bulgarian case, Parvan Rusinov (Velchev & Co. Law Office) quoted relevant CJEU case-law to argue that some of the basic equilibriums have been disregarded by the proposed ban in Bulgaria. Most notably, in order to prevent crime and reduce grey economy, legitimate forms of business should be promoted and even in cases of limited provision of services, such measures must be proportionate and non-discriminatory.

Piet van Baeveghem’s (Nationale Loterij) two main takeaways from the Belgian experience were: (1) limiting the number of operators is the best way to limit advertising and protect players; and (2) an advertising ban must be proportionate, suitable for achieving the objective invoked and not go beyond what is necessary.

What is a lottery?!

A more interactive part of the Seminar followed, with participants from a number of different jurisdictions presenting and sharing their definitions of a ‘lottery’ in an attempt to identify overlaps and differences in the contemporary gambling market where lines between different products are getting ever more blurred.

Experiences from the US

Bringing a US perspective to the discussion was Bishop Woosley (Arkansas Scholarship Lottery) who gave a concise overview of the (legal) organisation of gambling in the US and different operating structures of lotteries. Bishop further explained into more detail the much debated 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which has been struck down in May this year and talked of the likely post-PASPA prospects.

This was a perfect introduction to the lively panel discussion between him, Tuula Sundström (Veikkaus), Stein Langberget (Norsk Tipping) and Hubert Sicking (Westdeutsche Lotterie) on the sports betting organisation models, moderated by Walter de Beauvesier Watson (ISICS Group).

Addressing own monopoly when entering a non-monopolistic market

Even when there is no actual or even potential competition on the lottery market, competition rules still apply and risks of non-compliance are grave, warned Jenna Auwerx (Pharumlegal). She then listed a number of interesting real-life examples of illegitimate behaviour – including cross subsidies, use of brand and brand image, use of website, tying, etc. – and gave concrete recommendations on operational, organisational and structural measures that should be taken in order to ensure compliance.

EU and CJEU developments

Talking of the recent gambling-related developments at the EU level, Jutta Buyse (EL Deputy Secretary General) addressed the ‘homework’ left from the previous Commission, notably the 2014 Recommendations implementation evaluation; AMLD transposition and the related exclusion-notifications by the Member States; closure of all gambling-related infringement cases; the ongoing standardisation process on reporting in support of online gambling supervision and an overview of relevant Digital Single Market initiatives with impact on gambling.

Jutta then went on to address the hot topics of Brexit and European elections 2019.

In his overview of the latest developments in EU gambling case-law, Philippe Vlaemminck (Pharumlegal) highlighted the important role national courts have in assessing the compatibility of national regulations in light of EU law. A particular mention of the judgment in the Gmalieva case – which made it clear once again that advertising can be a tool to achieve the objective of channelling into controlled circuits, but must remain measured and strictly limited to what is necessary – conveniently wrapped up the Seminar 2018.

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Séminaire 2018 d’EL sur les affaires juridiques et réglementaires

L’édition 2018 du séminaire d’EL sur les affaires juridiques et réglementaires a eu lieu du 7 au 11 novembre à Ljubljana, grâce au soutien vigoureux de la loterie hôte Loterija Slovenije, et a rassemblé près de 60 participants en provenance de 17 juridictions. Le séminaire a débuté par une discussion animée sur l’interdiction de la publicité pour les jeux d’argent en Italie, ses effets attendus et les expériences similaires de la Bulgarie et de la Belgique. Dans la partie plus interactive du séminaire, les participants d’un certain nombre de pays ont partagé leurs définitions de la « loterie » afin d’identifier les chevauchements et les différences sur le marché contemporain du jeu, où les frontières entre les produits deviennent de plus en plus floues. Un point de vue américain a été fourni sur l’organisation (juridique) des jeux d’argent, permettant de mieux comprendre la loi récemment abrogée sur les paris sur les sports professionnels et universitaires, et ensuite une table ronde sur les modèles d’organisation des paris sportifs a eu lieu. Au cours d’une présentation sur la gestion de son propre monopole lors de l’entrée sur un marché non monopolistique, un certain nombre de recommandations concrètes et utiles ont été partagées sur les mesures opérationnelles, organisationnelles et structurelles à prendre pour assurer la conformité. Le séminaire s’est achevé sur le tour d’horizon, désormais traditionnel, des dernières évolutions significatives au sein de l’UE et de la CJUE, y compris le processus d’harmonisation en cours en matière de rapports sur la supervision des jeux en ligne, le Brexit et les élections européennes de 2019.

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Seminario sobre temas normativos y legales de EL 2018

La edición de 2018 del Seminario sobre temas normativos y legales de EL se celebró entre los días 7 y 11 de noviembre en Liubliana gracias al valioso apoyo de la lotería anfitriona, Loterija Slovenije, y reunió a casi 60 participantes de 17 jurisdicciones. El seminario se inició con una acalorada discusión sobre la prohibición de la publicidad sobre juegos y apuestas en Italia, los efectos previstos de dicha prohibición y las experiencias parecidas en Bulgaria y Bélgica. En la parte más interactiva del seminario, participantes de diversas jurisdicciones compartieron sus definiciones de una “lotería” con la intención de identificar puntos comunes y diferencias en un mercado contemporáneo del juego y las apuestas donde las líneas divisorias entre los diferentes productos son cada vez más difusas. A continuación se expuso una perspectiva legal desde el punto de vista estadounidense sobre la organización del juego y las apuestas, incluida información sobre la recientemente derogada Ley de protección de los deportes amateur y profesionales (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, PASPA) y un debate en grupo sobre los modelos de organización de apuestas deportivas. En una presentación sobre cómo abordar un monopolio propio al entrar en un mercado no monopolístico, se compartieron muchas recomendaciones útiles y concretas sobre las medidas estructurales, organizativas y operativas que se deberían tomar para asegurar el cumplimiento. El seminario terminó con el ya tradicional repaso de los avances más importantes en la UE y en el TJUE, incluido el proceso actual de estandarización de las denuncias para la supervisión del juego y las apuestas online, el Brexit y las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo de 2019.

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EL-Seminar zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten 2018

Die Auflage für 2018 des EL-Seminars zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten fand vom 7. bis zum 11. November mit Unterstützung der Gastgeberlotterie Loterija Slovenije in Ljubljana statt. Fast 60 Teilnehmer aus 17 Ländern nahmen teil. Das Seminar begann mit einer hitzigen Debatte rund italienische Verbots von Werbung für Glücksspiele in Italien, dessen Auswirkungen und die Erfahrungen mit ähnlichen Situationen in Bulgarien und Belgien. Im interaktiveren Teil des Seminars erläuterten Teilnehmer aus verschiedenen Ländern ihre Definitionen von „Lotterie“, um Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede auf dem heutigen Glücksspielmarkt festzustellen. Dies war besonders deshalb nötig, da die Grenzen zwischen verschiedenen Produkten heute immer mehr verschwimmen. Im Folgenden wurde eine US-amerikanische Perspektive der rechtlichen Grundlagen des Wettbetriebs dargelegt, wobei auch Einblicke zum vor Kurzem aufgehobenen Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act geteilt wurden. Es folgte ein runder Tisch zu den Grundlagen von Sportwetten. In einer Präsentation zum Umgang mit der eigenen Monopolstellung beim Erschließen unmonopolisierter Märkte wurden eine Reihe konkreter und nützlicher Empfehlungen zu betrieblichen, organisatorischen und strukturellen Maßnahmen geteilt, die zur Einhaltung rechtlicher Auflagen erforderlich sind. Abgeschlossen wurde das Seminar mit dem traditionellen Überblick über die jüngsten EU- und CJEU-Entwicklungen wie den Standardisierungsbestrebungen bei der Berichterstattung zur Überwachung von Online-Glücksspiel, Brexit und die europäischen Wahlen 2019.

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