EU: CEN TF456 standardisation online gambling commences its work and EL participates in discussions on illegal platforms and Subsidiarity

The discussion on gambling at European Union policy level is shaped by the start of the work on the future standard for reporting to online gambling regulators. EL members participate through their national standardisation committees and EL itself is now an official Liaison Organisation to the European committee for standardisation CEN. In the past months, EL has made a contribution to the discussion on illegal platforms and the importance for online gambling and has provided input to the special Taskforce on subsidiarity.

In April 2018, following long consultations with stakeholders, the European Commission mandated the European Standardisation Committee CEN to draft a standard for a list of criteria for reporting to the regulators for online gambling. The future standard is to “determine core data for reporting purposes that could be common across the Member States.” The future standard will be voluntary for Member States and their regulators to adopt. French standardisation body AFNOR leads the work and provides the Secretariat to the Technical Committee on reporting on online gambling which was created specifically for that purpose. The work of the TF456 is chaired by Claire Pinson, Head of European and International Affairs of the French regulator for online gambling ARJEL.

Mirror national technical committees’ in the individual countries follow the discussion at the European level inside CEN in parallel. These mirror technical committees are hosted by the respective national standardisation body. The national mirror technical committees also send delegates to the European-level discussions within CEN. EL members can participate in the discussions at national level within the mirror technical committee of their country. At the European level, EL is one of the stakeholder associations that participate in the meetings as a Liaison Organisation, as are the EGBA (European Gaming and Betting Association, an association of commercial gambling operators) and the Gaming Standards Alliance, GSA Europe.

The new Technical Committee 456 ‘Reporting in support of online gambling supervision’ has met in Brussels on 29 June. The meeting was attended by representatives of the mirror national technical committees – up to three delegates per mirror committee can participate – and by the Liaison Organisations. The next meeting is set for 15 November 2018, again in Brussels. One of the important decisions ahead is the appointment of the expert that will be the project leader for the drafting of the standard.

Also at European level, the discussion on illegal content online continues. Before the summer, in June 2018, EL participated in the new consultation by the European Commission on measures to further improve the effectiveness of the fight against illegal content online. In its contribution, EL shared thoughts about illegal gambling and noted how in order to fight illegal gambling successfully, loyal cooperation between the authorities of Member States of the European Union is needed.

EL also contributed to the work of the special Taskforce on Subsidiarity. The taskforce subsidiarity was set up by European Commission President Juncker and is presided by Vice-President Timmermans. Its aim is to, notably, make recommendations on how to better apply the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. The letter from our Secretary General Arjan van ‘t Veer stresses how EL fully supports the continued application of the principle of subsidiarity in the gambling sector and urges the Task force to follow this opinion.

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EL members wishing to obtain further information on these dossiers can contact the EL Deputy Secretary General at

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Début des travaux sur la normalisation CEN TF456 des jeux en ligne, et EL participe aux discussions sur les plateformes illégales et la subsidiarité.

La discussion sur les jeux de hasard au niveau de la politique de l’Union européenne est façonnée par le début des travaux sur la future norme sur l’établissement de rapports aux autorités de régulation des jeux en ligne. Les membres d’EL participent à travers leurs comités nationaux de normalisation, et EL elle-même est désormais une organisation de liaison officielle auprès du Comité européen de normalisation (CEN). Au cours des derniers mois, EL a contribué à la discussion sur les plateformes illégales et sur l’importance des jeux en ligne, et a apporté sa contribution au groupe de travail spécial sur la subsidiarité.


La normalización del juego en línea según la norma CEN TF456 comienza su andadura y EL participa en las charlas sobre plataformas ilegales y subsidiariedad.

El debate sobre el juego en la Unión Europea se ha visto marcado por el inicio de las tareas relacionadas con el futuro estándar para la presentación de informes a los organismos reguladores sobre el juego en línea. Los miembros de EL participan a través de sus comités nacionales de normalización y la propia EL ejerce ahora como organización de enlace con el Comité Europeo para la normalización CEN. En los últimos meses, EL ha hecho su contribución al debate sobre las plataformas ilegales y la importancia para el juego en línea, y ha contribuido con comentarios a la fuerza especial sobre subsidiariedad.


CEN TF456 für die Normierung von Online-Glücksspiel nimmt seine Arbeit auf und EL berät zu illegalen Plattformen und Subsidiarität.

Das zentrale Thema im Bereich Glücksspiel auf Ebene der Europäischen Union ist der Beginn der Arbeit an einem zukünftigen Standard für die Berichterstattung an Online-Glücksspiel-Behörden. Die EL-Mitglieder beteiligen sich über ihre nationalen Standardisierungskomitees und EL selbst hat sich als offizieller Ansprechpartner des Europäischen Komitees für Normierung (CEN) positioniert. Über die letzten Monate hinweg hat EL einen Beitrag zu den Gesprächen um illegale Plattformen und ihre Bedeutung für das Online-Glücksspiel geleistet. Wir haben zudem die Taskforce für Subsidiarität beraten.

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