Member States and the EU institutions have a duty to protect European citizens, in particular through policies aimed at avoiding underage and problem gambling.
Responsible gaming operators endorse this objective. In addition to complying with the strict legislation of the jurisdictions where they are licensed, they have themselves voluntarily undertaken action to facilitate this task, namely through the adoption of codes of conduct.
Comparing Member States that operate compulsory licence schemes with national state monopolies demonstrates that regulated markets do not create a greater threat to public safety. In fact there is strong evidence that consumers receive better value in the former context.
Furthermore, systems such as the banking and card-related systems and the regulated nature of remote gambling provided by larger operators makes this one of the least attractive routes for money launderers.