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Antoon Dierick

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Name: Antoon Dierick
Date registered: May 31, 2013

Latest posts

  1. BAGO – A new Belgian gaming sector initiative — December 5, 2016
  2. BELGIUM: Gaming Commission pleads for less bricks-and-mortar establishments — August 19, 2015
  3. BELGIUM: Important industry information – Number of casinos to increase from 9 to 11 — October 13, 2014
  4. Belgium: Gaming Commission calls for blacklisting of free gambling apps — September 29, 2014
  5. Belgium: Gaming Commission takes aim at players — March 19, 2014

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  1. European Parliament report on online gambling — 1 comment
  2. Belgium: Gaming Commission takes aim at players — 1 comment
  3. Belgium: the first to regulate social? — 1 comment

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BAGO – A new Belgian gaming sector initiative

Last Friday (on 25 November 2016), DLA Piper Belgium attended a colloquium of BAGO, the Belgian Association of Gaming Operators. BAGO is a new sector initiative composed of various gaming operators licensed under Belgium’s regulatory framework.

During the event, attended by several of the sector’s stakeholders, BAGO called upon the Belgian regulator as well as the legislator to create a legal and operational framework which allows for a diverse gaming offering, whilst respecting both customer protection considerations and economic viability of the sector which will become increasingly digitized.

BAGO intends to offer better insight in the Belgian gaming market by supporting studies and market research and equally drives self-regulation by proposing a gaming advertising code.

Should you have any further questions, please contact Antoon.dierick@dlapiper.com or Patrick.Vaneecke@dlapiper.com

BELGIUM: Gaming Commission pleads for less bricks-and-mortar establishments

Belgian media today report on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s (BGC) call for less land-based arcades and betting shops. Arcades (as opposed to casinos) are allowed to offer a specific number of automated casino-styled games to which certain restrictions on maximum winnings and losses apply. Betting shops are establishments in which bets are offered to the public. Both require a license from the BGC to operate legally. Read the rest of this entry »

BELGIUM: Important industry information – Number of casinos to increase from 9 to 11

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper, Brussels) discuss an interesting paragraph in the coalition agreement of the new Belgian government. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Gaming Commission calls for blacklisting of free gambling apps

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper, Brussels) discuss the Belgian Gaming Commission’s call for restricting the offering of free gambling apps. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Gaming Commission takes aim at players

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper, Brussels) discuss recent media coverage in relation to the Belgian Gaming Commission’s (BGC) intentions to invoke the liability of individual players of unlicensed games of chance. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Commission relaunches call to regulate social

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the Gaming Commission’s position on social network gaming. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for access to State Register

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s announcement in today’s newspapers that it should be granted access to the State Register in order to fight against participation in games of chance by excluded persons. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Gaming Commission accuses Brussels casino of illegal structure

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper Brussels) report on a complaint filed by the Belgian Gaming Commission against Brussel’s only land-based casino. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Biggest Belgian football match fixing scandal before court

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick 

Today, the lawsuit started against 31 individuals, amongst whom the notorious Ye Zheyun (called the “gokchinees” in Belgium), and 1 company who are suspected of having fixed several football matches in the Belgian football competition during the seasons 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. Read the rest of this entry »

European Parliament report on online gambling

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick

The European Parliament today published its Report on online gambling in the internal market calling for a balanced and EU compliant approach when regulating the market.

The European Parliament Resolution contains more than 50 policy statements directed towards the market, the European Commission and the Member States.

The Resolution elaborates on 5 different topics: consumer protection, compliance with EU law, administrative cooperation, money laundering and integrity of sports.

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Europe: Minors and elderly people participating in online games need more protection, says European Commission

On 28 May 2013, the European Commission (EC) held a workshop on the Directive on unfair commercial practices (2005/29/EC also called “UCPD”) with representatives of all European Member States and various academics, lawyers and other stakeholders. The UCPD sets out a general legislative framework for commercial behaviour of traders towards consumers (B2C), prohibiting amongst others misleading and aggressive commercial practices and further provides a “black list” of commercial practices which are automatically considered to be unlawful. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe: Fox Report attracts more than 400 proposal amendments

As reported, a draft report of the European Parliament might turn out to be the driving force for judicial action against Member States having adopted gambling legislation allegedly not compliant with EU law. The three page initial report of the European Parliament, drafted by MEP Ashley Fox, amongst others urges the Commission to take action against Member States infringing Union law. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: the first to regulate social?

At the World Regulatory Briefing in Brussels last week, comments made by the Belgian Gaming Commission’s legal counsel suggest casino-style social games could be the next to be regulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Bet-at-home the latest operator to challenge the blacklist

It was announced in Belgian media this weekend that Malta-based Bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd., an online sports betting and casino games operator, has initiated legal proceedings against the Belgian State by means of an interim procedure before the Brussels’ Court of First Instance. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Aftermath of bwin blacklist judgment – practical considerations for stakeholders

Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper, Brussels) outlines the findings in bwin.party’s court case against the Belgian State/Belgian Gaming Commission and discusses the practical implications of the judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Treasury and Gaming Commission disagree on taxation of gambling winnings

A few months ago, we highlighted in the “Juristenkrant“, a Belgian legal magazine, the discussions pending between the Belgian Treasury (Public Service of Finances) and the Belgian Gaming Commission, on the taxation of winnings generated from play in online games. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: an update on bwin.party’s challenge to the blacklist

As recently announced, Friday 25 May 2012, the President of the Court of First Instance in Brussels heard the pleadings of the parties in the Bwin vs Belgium case, after Bwin had initiated interlocutory proceedings as a result of Bwin’s recent (9 May 2012) listing on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s blacklist and the blocking of the website www.bwin.com as a result of it. Read the rest of this entry »