Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A Draft Bill On Online Gambling

Official Journal AN, n° 348, 13 October 2009; Lamyline Reflex, L. Costes

On 13 October 2009, the French Deputies voted a draft bill on “competition and regulation in the field of oneline games played for money and games of chance”.

The aim of the Government is to control online gambling, which is currently illegal, but is in fact widespread. The ARJEL will be created (Authority for the regulation of online gambling), an independent agency in charge of granting licenses to the operators of online games.

In return for this renewable license, the websites will have to comply with specifications. Moreover, the sanctions against illegal websites will be more severe (up to 3 years imprisonment and fines of up to 45.000 Euros).

The Senate should examine this draft bill between the end of November and the beginning of December 2009.