North America and Europe gambling regulatory bodies partner to strengthen ties across continents

The Gambling Regulators European Forum (GREF) and the North America Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) have announced a partnership to strengthen links between gambling regulators across both continents. Under the arrangement, GREF and NAGRA will work together to exchange knowledge and information on regulatory matters.

The partnership will bring together approximately 100 regulating organizations from across Europe and North America. The two parties will collaborate and hold joint meetings of their relevant interest groups, extend invitations to attend and speak at each other’s annual conferences, and jointly host seminars for regulators on emerging regulatory risk issues across North America and Europe.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the Chairwoman of Autorite Nationale Des Jeux and the Chair of GREF, stated: “With a public opinion across the globe more and more concerned about the risks related to excessive gambling offer and with the increase of gambling markets and innovations, exchange between regulators worldwide is crucial.”

Regulators of GREF and NAGRA face the same issues and I believe that this collaboration will improve the protection of our consumers,” she said.

Ryan Winfield

For his part, Ryan Winfield, of the Arizona Department of Gaming and the President of NAGRA, commented: “The power of partnership and collaboration between GREF and NAGRA is important in this ever-evolving industry.

The changing landscape and the future of gaming make it imperative that we reach out to other organizations in the industry in order to remain informed as we tirelessly serve our communities. This commitment to collaboration and communication will serve people across the globe,” he added. 

Tim Miller, the Executive Director of the UK Gambling Commission, praised the partnership between GREF and NAGRA in a LinkedIn post, calling it “another important step forward in taking an international approach to making gambling fairer, safer and crime-free.”

The North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) is comprised of federal, state, local, tribal, and provincial government agencies that are responsible primarily for the regulation of legalized gaming activities.

The Gambling Regulators European Forum (GREF) brings together gambling regulators across Europe to exchange views on issues relating to gambling, in particular on regulation, supervision, control of operators, or the gambling industry.