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bwin.party Fights Back After Belgian Bust Up


16 Nov 2012

bwin.party Digital Entertainment have defended their Belgian operations after their co-CEO was taken in for police questioning this week.

Norbert Teufelberger appeared before Belgian authorities on Tuesday following his appearance at the Responsible Gaming Day in Brussels after police turned up at the event. The topic at hand was the long-running dispute over the brand’s legality to operate in the country.

Reuters reports that the dispute stems from Belgium’s viewpoint that the online gambling giant does not comply with its regulations, whereas bwin.party claims that Belgian laws are not compliant with wider European law.

In a statement, the company said: “bwin.party maintains the position that it is acting, and has always acted, in compliance with applicable laws.”

Mr Teufelberger and fellow co-CEO Jim Ryan added that bwin.party has spearheaded regulatory change in Europe, and holds licences in Alderney, Denmark, Gibraltar, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

They explained that they strive for an EU Member State framework of regulation for the industry that, in each country, is compliant with overall EU law.

In the meantime, however, they estimate that the cost to bwin.party of having access to its websites blocked for Belgian citizens is in the region of €700,000 per month.

Three websites belonging to the group have been blocked already in 2012, and the co-CEOs and their stakeholders are likely to be keen to resolve the situation in a way that satisfies both them and the Belgian authorities.

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