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Controversy over new definition of ‘illegal sports betting’

Malta minister warns opposition not to jeopardize gaming industry

Malta minister warns opposition not to jeopardize gaming industry
Addressing a press conference, Competitiveness Minister Manuel Mallia, who is responsible for the gaming industry, urged the Nationalist Party to lobby for the definition of illegal gambling in a new EU convention to be amended, as eventual changes could
Malta | 09/20/2016

Addressing a press conference, Competitiveness Minister Manuel Mallia, who is responsible for the gaming industry, urged the Nationalist Party to lobby for the definition of illegal gambling in a new EU convention to be amended, as eventual changes could have a negative impact on local industry.

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he issue centres on a new definition of ‘illegal sports betting’ which the Council of Europe would like to adopt in its Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.

The definition in question reads: “‘Illegal sports betting’ means any sports betting activity whose type or operator is not allowed under the applicable law of the jurisdiction where the consumer is located.”

Dr Mallia said the definition could mean Malta’s industry would have to change significantly

“Will Dr Busuttil instruct his MEPs to lobby for this definition to be changed?” he asked, adding that the government was in favour of the convention in principle as it tackled many illegalities.

“We simply want to protect an industry that has been so beneficial for the island,” he added.

The gaming industry employs some 8,000 people and contributes more than €700million to the economy every year.

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