ANJ strikes agreement with the French addiction group OFDT

The French online gambling regulator the Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has struck a three-year agreement with the French Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT).

Earlier this month, the ANJ published results from a survey that revealed 31% of French football fans planned to bet on the Euros.

ANJ and OFDT team up

Last week, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the ANJ, and Julien Morel D’Arleux, director of the OFDT, signed the agreement that aims to improve the prevention of excessive or compulsive gambling.

The partnership is also intended to help the ANJ broaden its understanding of what drives gambling addiction. On top of this, both organisations intend to increase the protection for minors when it comes to gambling-related harms.

The agreement between the two organisations covers three key areas which include ensuring donations are made by gambling companies to finance scientific studies and research into gambling and addiction.

The second key objective involves sharing experience between both the ANJ and OFDT in order to provide studies and research around recreational gambling activities. 

The third key aspect of the agreement revolves around sharing data and knowledge that relates to ADHD and mechanisms associated with addiction.

According to the announcement, the three objectives will help provide the ANJ with a clearer understanding of the different elements associated with problem gambling, in order to help the organisation develop a sustainable market for recreational gamblers.

The framework agreement also aims to create an action plan that will be shared between both the ANJ and OFDT for the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years. According to the announcement, this will allow for high-priority work to be carried out to help strengthen gambling regulations and the ANJ’s decision-making processes.

The French regulator said that where necessary, it will involve the OFDT in its work and invite the French addiction group to take part in the work of the advisory committee on the prevention of excessive gambling behaviours.

ANJ’s efforts to protect minors

In December 2020, the French regulatory body announced a partnership with the family association, the l’Union nationale des associations familiales (UNAF), to help protect children and young people from gambling harms.

The agreement saw both organisations agree to work together on several targeted initiatives that were designed to help crackdown on underage gambling in France.

This included conducting joint research on the types of minors that took part in underage gambling and the behaviours displayed. Both the ANJ and UNAF also worked to develop new materials to promote awareness of underage gambling among families.

What’s happening in the French gambling space?

According to the latest figures from the ANJ, the French online gambling market generated €587m ($715m/£505m) in revenue for the first quarter of 2021.

Sports betting saw the most growth with bettors wagering €2.18bn on sports, marking a significant 78.8% year-on-year increase. However, last year’s figures were heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sportsbook operators in the country managed to generate €357m in revenue from betting operations.