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European Gaming Regulators Meet in Rome to "Improve International Cooperation"

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On Jan. 16 and 17, 2014, representatives of online gaming regulators from Spain, Germany, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom met for a round of informal talks with their Italian counterpart Autonomous Administration of the State Monopolies (AAMS) to discuss a series of issues that apparently did not include European shared liquidity.

According to a press release issued today by Italy’s regulator AAMS, the meeting was aimed at a further improvement of information sharing and exchange of good practices among the regulators in order to help the works of the Group of Experts on Gambling Service created by the European Commission back in 2012.

The meeting included a visit to the premises of Italian national IT company SOGEI and a round of talks about issues ranging from the evolution of regulated markets to the exchange of market data between countries for producing comparable market data across different jurisdictions.

European online regulators have also discussed the implementation of better and more effective measures to fight illegal operators at the European level and deter suppliers from providing unlicensed operators with products competing with licensed ones.

What caught the attention of many, is the fact that the statement issued by Italy's regulator did not include any mention of talks about European shared liquidity, a project that was instead extensively discussed during previous similar meetings.

Although it is still considered to be on the agenda for 2014, European shared liquidity is now supposed to be started only by Spain and Italy after the French Parliament recently decided to rule against an amendment to the current gambling law that would have made it possible.

The next meeting between European regulators has been scheduled for the next autumn and will take place in Germany.

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph.

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