Solidarity with Ukraine - supporting and collaborating across borders
Posted 24 February 2023 by Jamie Wall
Today sadly marks one year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine with a minute’s silence taking place at 11am today to offer a moment of reflection for all of us.
Over the past few months, we’ve been taking an increasingly active role on the international stage to engage with foreign regulators and governments about our learning and best practice. Colleagues across the Commission are integral members of boards within international organisations, such as International Association of Gaming Regulators(opens in new tab) and Gaming Regulators European Forum(opens in new tab), collaboration with foreign colleagues to make gambling fairer and safer across the world.
Today feels poignant to reflect on the work we’ve been doing with the Ukrainian gambling regulator, who despite the tragic circumstances and challenges of the past year, are still carrying out their regulatory duties.
The "Ukrainian Commission for Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries" was set up very recently, in 2020, when a new law introduced regulation on all forms of business-to-consumer gambling. We hope to expand their regulatory remit to licence Business to Business (B2B) operators, leading them to reach out to us to understand our experiences and data linked to regulating this area of the market.
Since our initial introductions we’ve led several workshops detailing how we regulate the B2B market, along with sharing relevant technical documentation. We also hope to facilitate a greater sharing of best practices by signing a joint memorandum of understanding in the near future.
Since the invasion began, we have been supporting Ukraine by ensuring that sanctions our government have imposed on Russian owned entities are correctly enforced, which involves checking our licensed entities against the sanctions list which we will look to expand in the future.
Our thoughts are, as always, with our Ukrainian colleagues, partners and everyone affected by the ongoing war.