The Hungarian Parliament’s Economic Committee today approved a report detailing the government’s efforts to curb unauthorized gambling operations. According to Marcell Biró, Chairman of the Supervisory Authority for Regulated Activities, Hungary has employed various measures since opening its remote gambling market to private companies on January 1.

To regulate the influx of operators following the end of the state monopoly, the SZTFH has blocked access to illegal websites, prevented unauthorized payments, and filed criminal complaints. “Since 2014, multinational companies have initiated more than 160 proceedings against Hungary,” Biró said. “With their action, the multinationals have made it clear that they do not wish to join the legal Hungarian market.”

In tandem, Hungary has tightened cybersecurity oversight to strengthen online safeguards. “Hungary could be the first EU member state with a comprehensive legal framework for cyber certification,” Biró noted, adding that the necessary preparations are expected to conclude by mid-2024.

The news comes as Szerencsejáték, Hungary’s national lottery, launched a new sportsbook and platform through supplier EveryMatrix. By stamping out unauthorized operations, Biró said, Hungary aims to channel more players to licensed companies, increasing tax revenue and consumer protections. With its cybersecurity push and gambling market opening, Hungary seeks to balance regulation and innovation.

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