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Calls for rule harmony on Responsible Gaming Day

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Put money on a horse, play online blackjack, bet on football… How to do this in a sector in which many different rules apply has been the focus of the third Responsible Gaming Day at the European Parliament. Industry heads and EU lawmakers discussed regulation and gambling within reason.

Major French group Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) was among the participants. PMU Communications Director Benoît Cornu said: “Playing responsibly is several things. Minors need protection. It’s forbidden in France for under-18s. It’s extremely important that they’re not drawn to money games. Secondly, players must have the information that lets them know when they risk losing control, playing more than their budget can stand.”

High stakes Austrian-based online betting company bwin’s co-CEO told parliamentarians that regulation must be harmonised to give consumers similar high protection wherever they play.

A Green Paper on the gambling sector is expected over the coming months.