French and Spanish regulators to sign MOU

French online gambling regulator ARJEL is to sign a cooperation and information sharing agreement with its Spanish counterpart, Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ).

ARJEL president Jean-Francois Villotte confirmed yesterday that he has been given the green light by the French regulatory authority to sign the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spain. Once signed, the agreement will come into force upon its publication in the Official Journal of the French Republic.

The MOU with the regulator of Europe’s newest gamblng market follows that signed with Italian regulator AAMS on 28 June last year. ARJEL said in its annual report published yesterday that itself and AAMS had now set up working groups to tackle issues such as the fight against illegal sites, the control of licensed operators, respective communication strategies and how best to safeguard the integrity of sports and betting.

AAMS and ARJEL also met with Spain’s DGOJ and Portuguese gambling monopoly Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa (SCML) in June, where they discussed potential regulatory cooperation as well as the possibility of future liquidity sharing in pooled games such as poker.

ARJEL also announced today that it had granted Casino du Golfe’s request to have its online poker licence repealed. The French land-based casino launched the Poker83 brand on the iPoker network, but in common with other smaller operators, failed to gain traction in a market hindered by a tough tax regime. Just 24 business entities licensed by ARJEL since 2010 remain active in the regulated market.

Article written by Stephen Carter

Casino Choice journalist

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