Online gaming operators expand association

On Tuesday it was announced that the European Betting Association (EBA) will be replaced by the newly launched European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). The organization, launched in Brussels, intends to promote the opening up of the entire European market to cross-border online gambling services.

The EBA was launched in 2003 and has been acknowledged by authorities as a strong voice in the debates regarding the rights of regulated European-licensed online casino, poker and sports betting site operators to offer cross-border services.

The EGBA will continue and expand the organization's fight against anti-online gambling legislation in Europe.

"It's time now that all stakeholders put on the table their real concerns and expectations," said Sigrid Ligné, EGBA secretary general. "EGBA has a strong commitment to lead the way to a regulated and transparent European market for the benefit of consumer choice and protection."

The EGBA believes that consumers should have access to a great choice of regulated European operators and access to the highest possible standards in protection and care. It believes that is more likely to be achieved in a regulated environment.

To better promote its message and facilitate understanding and interactive dialogue to work towards its goals, the EGBA launched a Web site at

The EGBA also groups together the leading cross-border online gaming and betting operators established and licensed in Europe, including Bwin and PartyGaming.

All the EGBA members abide by a code of conduct that includes a set of strict rules enforcing socially responsible Internet gaming and betting.

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