The BGC was established by the Gambling Act of 1999 and is known to be one of the strictest regulatory bodies in Europe. Although the BGC's main duty is to ensure channelling legal gambling, with the primary aim of protecting players in the Belgian region, they actually focus on four key areas to ensure regulation across the board:
The BGC has taken protective measures to safeguard players from potential risks of gambling such as addiction and large financial losses. Examples of these protective measures include the ban on bonuses, the setting of a limit on play, and strict regulation of gambling advertising.
Advise the government and parliament:
The BGC also provides advice to the Government and Parliament on all matters related to games of chance and the protection of players.
They grant nine kinds of licenses necessary for the operation of games of chance and betting and ensure proactive management.
Conduct inspections and sanctions:
The BGC has a monitoring function with regard to compliance with the provisions of the Gambling Act. In addition to this, they have the power to impose sanctions such as warnings, suspension, license revocation and administrative fines.
Additionally, the BGC carries out its regulatory duties independently and is chaired by a magistrate. The President forms the BGC together with six ministerial representatives from the Justice, Finance, Economy, Public Health, Home Affairs and National Lottery sectors.