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EL urges Council of the EU to exclude explicit mention of online gambling and betting services from Digital Services Act

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EL urges the EU Member States’ representatives to exclude the explicit mention of online gambling and betting services in the context of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services within the EU:

“[]…The applicable national laws should be in compliance with Union law, in particular including the Charter and the Treaty provisions on the freedom of establishment and to provide services within the Union in particular with regard to online gambling and betting services. … []

The specific reference to “in particular with regard to online gambling and betting services” wrongly implies that national regulations on illegal content in the gambling sector are often not in compliance with the EU law. Whereas there are definitely restrictions on the freedom to provide online gambling services in most Member States, these national laws aim to combat crime and fraud and to protect consumers in a manner that meets the requirements as set out in the caselaw of the Court of Justice of the EU.

”The explicit mention of online gambling and betting services in this particular context is misplaced and should therefore be deleted. It fails to take into account all the relevant case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU and the very nuanced approach to the gambling sector due to its peculiar nature. The Court clearly confirmed on several occasions that restrictions in the gambling sector are justified for reasons of public order, public security, public health, as well as for the overriding reasons in the public interest, such as consumer protection, combating fraud, crime or squandering of money. Failing to recognise this means risking increased activities of illegal gambling operators, damaging individuals and society as a whole. EL therefore urges to exclude the explicit mention of online gambling and betting services from the Digital Services Act in the context of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services.” – Arjan van ‘t Veer, EL Secretary General

In its original proposal, the European Commission underlined that the DSA would be without prejudice to the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and that it builds on the provisions laid down therein. This implies that the clear exclusion of the gambling activities as stipulated in the e-Commerce Directive would continue to apply under the DSA, too. It is therefore very unclear why “online gambling and betting services” would have an explicit mention in recital 29 of the final text of the DSA concerning the application of the free movement principles, especially when no other sector is mentioned.

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Press Box PR partners with racing royalty Francesca Cumani

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Award-winning co-host of ITV Racing signs with fast-growing London agency

On the eve of Royal Ascot, Press Box PR is delighted to announce that Francesca Cumani, the UK’s leading female racing presenter and one of the faces of ITV Sport, has joined the agency’s talent stable.

Over the next five days, the multi-lingual thoroughbred TV personality will be front and centre of the Flat racing season’s most extensive and glamorous festival coverage.

Francesca is equally well known in Australia as the co-host of the prestigious Melbourne Cup. She has been integral to ITV’s horse racing coverage for the past eight years and is an SJA Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year winner.

While horse racing is her first love, Francesca is keen to broaden her appeal and sees the Press Box team as the ideal partner to bolster her ambitions in the UK.

Press Box PR, a fast-growing creative and digital PR agency operating in sports, consumer, entertainment, and B2B markets, launched its talent management and publicity division two years ago, with Francesca joining the likes of former Royal butler Grant Harrold and 2023 Apprentice winner Marnie Swindells.

Cumani said: “I have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with my agent James Henderson who is based in Australia for the last 16 years and that will be ongoing but I am keen to explore opportunities closer to home and put the skills I have learnt to use both within the racing world and further afield. I am passionate about the great outdoors, animals, travel, food, fashion and culture.”

Lynn Carratt, Head of Talent at Press Box PR, added: “Our talent offering is unique in that, like the remainder of the agency, the team is made up of former journalists. We approach talent management and publicity from the perspective of maximising commercial value for our talent roster and brand clients by growing and sustaining earned media coverage. We’re delighted to be welcoming Francesca Cumani to the Press Box PR family and looking forward to many exciting plans ahead.”

The talent division is part of Press Box PR’s 40-strong London team, led by founder Alex Donohue, which also includes Jack Mansell (Head of Sport), Jack Watson (PR Week 30 Under 30) and Katie Storey (Head of Consumer).

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IN7.COM LTD 2024 Goals: Expands Indian Market and Fortifies Charitable Activities

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IN7.COM, a highly popular gaming and online sports platform, primarily caters to the Indian market and has expanded its services to Brazil.

Bolstered by rapid growth in the online sports and gaming sectors, IN7.COM LTD plans to enlarge its local service team to over 1000 professionals by the end of 2024. This expansion encompasses a spectrum of roles, including seasoned gaming specialists such as customer support, product managers, data scientists, analysts, as well as social media and digital marketing experts, and engineers.

The objective is clear: to elevate user experience and platform performance, ensuring seamless support and service delivery while crafting captivating, visually stunning, and technologically advanced gaming experiences.

Charitable Activities:

IN7.COM LTD owns a charitable department, actively engaging with communities in need by reinvesting a portion of its profits into societal welfare.

IN7.COM’s charitable activities encompass providing vital assistance to impoverished regions and caring for stray animals. Last week, employees of the department distributed heartwarming gifts to two children’s charity homes in Africa, containing essentials such as rice, beef, pencils, books, snacks, and toys.

The department head said, “IN7.COM also plans to establish a sports charity organization in the future, aiming to offer sustainable growth opportunities for outstanding individuals, groups, or organizations dedicated to sports development.”

 

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Gaming Innovation Group is contemplating a bond tap issue

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Gaming Innovation Group expands its reach in online gaming with the acquisition of Casinomeister
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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (“GiG”) has mandated ABG Sundal Collier and Pareto Securities as managers to arrange a series of fixed income investor meetings commencing on 17 June 2024. GiG is contemplating to issue subsequent bonds under GiG’s existing senior secured bond framework with ISINs NO0013024018 (the “EUR-tranche”) and NO0013095687 the (“SEK-tranche) in an expected amount of EUR 15 million equivalent. Subject to, inter alia, market conditions a capital markets transaction may follow.

For further information, please contact:
Tore Formo, Group CFO, [email protected], +47 91668678

 

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