Tag Archives: Maarten Haijer

EGBA’s Haijer welcomes Kindred report but argues industry must do more

Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has warned that the industry must learn its lessons and adapt as it comes under increasing public scrutiny. The EGBA’s Secretary General recently spoken highly of Kindred Group’s move to make public the shares of its revenues made from customers at a high-risk of gambling harm. Kindred’s report found that …

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EGBA: UK and EU must settle on post-Brexit digital data rules

Brussels-based industry trade body The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has warned the European Union and UK government that current Brexit arrangements carry operational and business concerns for the online gambling sector. Though the UK and EU settled on a post-Brexit trade agreement, the EGBA has stated that the terms and conditions fall short of safeguarding online gambling, mirroring …

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EGBA: European gambling revenues drop by 23% in 2020

The gambling sector is continuing to reel from the effects of the global pandemic, as data from the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has shown that betting revenues are set to fall by 23% in 2020. The data, published in collaboration with H2 Gambling Capital, has found that Europe’s total gambling revenue will drop from €98.6 billion gross gaming …

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EGBA raises questions over Finland’s Veikkaus monopoly

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has raised doubts over the effectiveness of Finland’s gambling monopoly, Veikkaus. Writing for the EGBA, Haijer called on the Finnish government to ‘fix’ its gambling policy, highlighting that the maintenance of this monopoly offers very little to both the players and the government. He explained that the current monopoly system …

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EGBA welcomes European Commission’s DSA proposals

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has welcomed new proposals made in the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act (DSA). The publication of the proposals follows on from the Commission’s calls for ‘an ambitious reform of the digital space’.  The long-awaited legislative proposal, which will support the Digital Markets Act, will introduce rules for regulating large digital …

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EGBA – Spanish Decree’s ‘lottery favours’ conflict with EU laws  

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its warning to Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry that Royal Decree advertising restrictions are in conflict on EU competition policies.  Spain’s autonomous governments have been instructed to implement the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ mandate, imposing a ‘near-complete ban on gambling advertising’. The Decree’s headline requirement will see all gambling-related advertising restricted to …

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EGBA – Operators must ensure highest responsibility standards as Europe returns to lockdown

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reaffirmed its commitment to safer online gambling and responsible advertising by ‘outlining essential measures which gambling companies should rigorously apply to protect their customers’. With the support of 15 online gambling associations, the EGBA stated that the renewed commitment comes at a time when more European countries are facing further COVID-19 related …

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Jon Duffy: Evidence-based decisions are needed to fix the ‘broken’ system

Growing concerns on ‘consumer rights’ have been thrust into the political and media spotlight in recent years, a new reality facing all business leaders entering a new decade of disruption reshaping all-levels of consumerism. Across the political spectrum, calls have widened for the creation of an independent gambling ombudsman. Jon Duffy, SVP for Corporate Assurance & Regulatory Affairs at Genting …

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EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called upon German policymakers to ‘simplify the country’s complicated policy framework for online gambling’. The Brussels based industry trade body criticised Germany for being ‘one of the very few remaining European countries which has no properly functioning online gambling market’. Explaining why the new State Treaty must simplify current legislation, Maarten Haijer, …

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EGBA – Black market looms on Spain if government proceeds with its advertising blackout

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has responded after the Spanish government radically altered its Royal Decree on Advertising mandate by adding further marketing and sports sponsorship restrictions on licensed incumbents. Last week, a European Commission filing revealed that the Spanish government had drafted a series of new amendments to its approved Royal Decree on Advertising, banning betting sponsorships …

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