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ARGO / RGA
Past
2004 2014 2006

2004

ARGO - The Association of Remote Gambling Operators.

ARGO was only established in 2004 and not unlike online gaming itself continues to develop at a rapid rate. Our membership currently includes most of the larger British bookmaking companies but membership is not restricted to licensed bookmakers and any remote gambling operator who carries on business in the European Economic Area is eligible to join.

The implications of the Gambling Bill have meant that we have had to hit the ground running and have provided our members with a much needed voice during this key period in the industry's development.

ARGO's primary aims are to:

1) To work with governments and regulators to ensure that sensible, practical regulatory regimes are introduced.

2) To lobby for realistic tax regimes for remote gambling.

3) To work to break down unwarranted trade barriers that act as a deterrent to the growth of a responsible cross-border gambling market. Clive Hawkswood

General Secretary: Clive Hawkswood (Still there in 2009)
Business Manager: Brian Wright
Business based in Regency House
1-4 Warwick Street
London
W1B 5LT

(Wes Himes, European Adviser and Manuel Esparrago, RGA Brussels join post 2015/8)


RGA Membership (2004) (2015)

bet365
Bet Direct
Blue Square
Coral Eurobet
Ladbrokes
Paddy Power
PartyGaming (formly iGlobalMedia)
Skybet
Stan James
Stanleybet
totesport
Victor Chandler
William Hill

RGA past
RGA present

First RGA Press Release (16th December 2004)

 

2005

RGA Reports and Codes of Conduct

29th March 2014

Fair, Honest and Safe: Cross border remote gambling within the European Union.

22nd March 2014

Europe Economics' Report highlights tax threat to the Remote Industry

15th November 2014

RGA Social Responsibility Code

15th November 2014

RGA Age Verification Code

5th December 2014

Europe Economics' Report highlights the UK's uphill struggle to attract Remote Gaming Companies

 

2005 News

5th December 2014

Europe Economics' Report highlights the UK's uphill struggle to attract Remote Gaming Companies

The RGA welcomes HM Treasury's Pre-Budget Report ( PBR) which has given the remote gambling industry more time to identify a viable tax regime for online gaming in the UK.

In response to a request from the Treasury the RGA commissioned Europe Economics, to produce an independent analysis of the key options. A full report and analysis can be downloaded by clicking here

15th November 2014

RGA MOVES TO PROTECT THE YOUNG AND VULNERABLE

The above press release relates to the publication of the RGA codes of practice on social responsibility and age verification. They are designed to be read together to produce a robust framework that addresses the key issues associated with problem and underage gambling.

Both reports can be downloaded from the RGA reports page.


From 1st November 2014 the Independent Betting Arbitration Service (IBAS) service will be extended to the online gaming operations of members of the RGA for a six month pilot scheme.

IBAS has successfully provided an arbitration service to the British betting industry for several years and much of the expertise that it has developed can be used in the online gaming sector too. However, it has not so far had any official role in arbitrating on gaming disputes nor in working with companies that are based outside of the UK.

The pilot project will show whether this raises any difficulties that IBAS has not previously encountered and it will also give RGA members the chance to get used to using IBAS

For more information on IBAS please click on their logo.

 

2006

4th April 2006

Commission investigates Internal Market violations in the sports betting sector in 7 Member States – The European remote gambling industry welcomes the decision taken by the European Commission

Click here for RGA press release

22nd March 2006

So Far So Good - Government has decided to defer announcements on the taxation of remote gaming until the tax regime is implemented in the Budget of 2015, so the tax system can reflect the detailed regulations for the sector being developed by the Gambling Commission.

Click here for RGA Response or on the Treasury symbol for the full 2006 Budget Report.


13th March 2006

RGA ANNOUCES NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF TEN

16th February 2006

EXCLUSION OF GAMBLING FROM THE SERVICES DIRECTIVE: IT IS NOW TIME FOR THE COMMISSION TO ACT

6th February 2006

RGA CALLS UPON THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO MAINTAIN GAMBLING IN THE SERVICES DIRECTORATE

The RGA and European Betting Association ( EBA) reiterate the need for gambling to remain within the scope of the Services Directive ahead of the vote in Plenary on 16th February 2006.

 

For information post 2006 please visit the RGA
For more information about the RGA