• SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

Online Gambling & Match Fixing: MEPs Fighting for Citizens' Protection

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299875

Shoot Date

04 Sep 2013

Shoot Location

Brussels, Belgium

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Intro Strasbourg, 10th of September. In an era of depressed, zero or minus growth, the explosion of online gambling services in Europe is a startling exception. Annual growth is nearly 15%, in three years revenue is expecting to reach 13 billions euros. All the more need, according to some MEPs to protect young people and gambling addicts from its worst effects. Shotlist BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 27, 2010) (EUROPEAN PARIAMENT AUDIOVISUAL - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PLAYING ONLINE GAMES, ONLINE GAMBLING WEBSITES BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (SEPTEMBER 04, 2013) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL 2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE GAMBLING COMMISSION IN BRUSSELS (EXTERIOR) 3. ETIENNE MARIQUE (MAGISTRATE AND PRESIDENT OF THE GAMBLING COMMISSION) SAYING (FRENCH SPEECH): "Our starting point must be consumers protection. That is very clear, and it is on this matter that collaboration is essential; it is indeed the basis on which a public gambling policy should be built. And so we are ready to connect ourselves on databases if they are organized in other countries as well." 4. CUTAWAY: ETIENNE MARIQUE TALKING ABOUT GAMBLING PRACTICES WITH COLLEAGUES 5. ETIENNE MARIQUE (MAGISTRATE AND PRESIDENT OF THE GAMBLING COMMISSION) SAYING (FRENCH SPEECH): "On illegal gambling websites there is a so-called consumer protection but which is not trustful. So there is a clear need for a serious consumer protection at the top level because there is a real danger of addiction for the consumer, an addiction that is even greater for online gambling than it is for real gambling." FRANCE, STRASBOURG (SEPTEMBER 10, 2013) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG (EXTERIOR) 2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE VOTE IN THE HEMICYCLE 3. CHRISTEL SCHALDEMOSE (S&D MEP, DK) SAYING (ENGLISH SPEECH): "The rapporteur M. Fox wanted to have a very liberal gambling market in the EU, letting the option for operators to establish themselves in one country and provide services from there throughout Europe. We don't believe that is the best way to protect the consumers because then you have a race to the bottom, on consumer protection, taxation etc. So we believe that we need to have a strong regulation and legislation to protect the consumers. And during the work, the S&D group succeeded in changing the report from a very liberal one to a more socialist-oriented report where we sent a clear signal that we want to protect the consumers and especially the minors against gambling addiction." 4. CUTAWAY: CHRISTEL SCHALDEMOSE TALKING TO A JOURNALIST 5. CHRISTEL SCHALDEMOSE (S&D MEP, DK) SAYING (ENGLISH SPEECH): "We have seen in all the Member States of the EU but also outside the EU that criminals are using gambling as a way to whitewash money and also to cheat the consumers by fixing the results of football matches. And therefore the S&D group and the Parliament are now sending a clear signal: We don't want any match fixing. We want strong legislation against match fixing!" 6. CUTAWAY: CLOSE UP ON CHRISTEL SCHALDEMOSE'S EYES Story In an era of depressed, zero or minus growth, the explosion of online gambling services in Europe is a startling exception. Annual growth is nearly 15%, in three years revenue is expecting to reach 13 billions euros. All the more need, according to some MEPs to protect young people and gambling addicts from its worst effects. © European Union, [2013] - Source: European Parliament URL: http://europarltv.europa.eu/en/player.aspx?pid=ee3c8bee-31ac-41b7-b391-a100011e422f Today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Christel Schaldemose, defending the rapport for the Socialists and Democrats, welcomed an important vote on the issue. The 'Fox' report, initially very liberal, has been approved and adapted thanks to S&D Group's efforts: "The rapporteur M. Fox wanted to have a very liberal gambling market in the EU, letting the option for operators to establish themselves in one country and provide services from there throughout Europe. We don't believe that is the best way to protect the consumers (…) The S&D group succeeded in changing the report from a very liberal one to a more socialist-oriented report where we sent a clear signal that we want to protect the consumers and especially the minors against gambling addiction." On the chapter of match fixing and sport integrity, she added: " We have seen in all the Member States of the EU but also outside the EU that criminals are using gambling as a way to whitewash money and also to cheat the consumers by fixing the results of football matches. And therefore the S&D group and the Parliament are now sending a clear signal: We don't want any match fixing. We want strong legislation against match fixing!"
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