Tag Archives: Ardalan Shekarabi

May to June 2020 in Review: Political whiplash follows Covid storm

Having navigated March and April’s COVID storms, the betting industry was served a political whiplash across European jurisdictions as the months of May and June saw governments order tighter customer controls across all gambling verticals.   SBC – European governments order tougher controls on gambling’s compliance duties Following direct orders from the government, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) imposed a series …

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Swedish market inquiry recommends toughest advertising and software controls

The Swedish Government has published the recommendations of the ‘Gambling Market Inquiry’ (‘Spelmarknadsutredningen’) related to further regulatory requirements governing Sweden’s re-regulated marketplace. The inquiry had been originally commissioned by former civil affairs minister Ardalan Shekarabi in the summer of 2018, as a requisite to Sweden launching its online gambling marketplace at the start of 2019, after which an independent inspectorate …

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Kindred hits out at proposed Swedish measures

Kindred Group hits out at proposed Swedish measures

The Kindred Group has slammed the proposals to impose further restrictions on the Swedish gaming market, with the CEO Henrik Tjärnström warning that the measures would be a ‘step in the wrong direction’. In a statement, Kindred expressed concern over a lack of ‘notable connection’ between the pandemic and rates of problem gambling. The operator also noted that ‘the government’s …

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BOS slams ‘erroneous’ decision to extend Swedish casino limits

Sweden’s Branscheforenigen för Onlinespel (BOS) has urged the government to withdraw its proposals to extend current restrictions on the online gaming industry. Yesterday, the Minister for Social Insurance Ardalan Shekarabi highlighted his concerns of ‘continued risks in the area of ​​gambling’, confirming that the government has opened a consultation on extending the ‘temporary restrictions’ on the industry until 30 June …

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Swedish government holds consultation on extending gaming restrictions

The Swedish government has outlined new proposals to extend the current restrictions on the gaming industry until the end of June 2021, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The memorandum, which has been submitted for consultation until 23 November 2020, includes an extension to a series of ‘temporary measures’ introduced earlier this year such as a SEK 5,000 deposit limit …

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Svenska Spel and SvFF brand Sweden as ‘Zombie nation’ on sports integrity  

In a joint-article published by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Svenska Spel CEO Patrick Hofbauer and Swedish FA (SvFF) General Secretary Håkan Sjöstrand have called for an immediate overhaul of Sweden’s ‘match-fixing council’.  The Swedish government established its match-fixing council on 1 January 2019, coinciding with the launch of Sweden’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace. The council was earmarked as a key agency …

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LeoVegas demands Spelinspektionen clarifies rules on deposit limits

LeoVegas AB has written an open letter to the Swedish gaming inspectorate Spelinspektionen, urging it to clarify its interpretation of the new deposit limit. The letter follows on from disparities in the interpretation of new regulations introduced by the Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi which outline new deposit and stake limits for the duration of 2020. In the letter, LeoVegas …

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Swedish government green lights tighter restrictions despite industry backlash

Sweden’s government has given the green light for temporary restrictions to be placed on the country’s regulated gaming market despite industry protests against the measures.  The measures will be rolled out from 2 July and remain in place until the end of the year. The SEK5,000 weekly deposit and SEK100 bonus offer limits, which will not be applicable to the …

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Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace

Kindred Group has issued a public statement lambasting Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen‘s management of the country’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace. Operating as Sweden’s largest licensed online gambling incumbent, Kindred said that inefficient measures implemented by Spelinspektionen have scuppered the regulated market’s objective of securing 90% channelisation by 2022. Kindred issued its rebuke of Spelinspektionen as the Swedish government moves to …

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Spelinspektionen maintains criticism of deposit limits

Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen has warned the government that it may be difficult to meet the 2 July deadline to implement deposit limits.  Last month, Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi submitted proposals for a weekly deposit limit of SEK5,000 as well as a SEK100 limit on welcome bonuses – a directive that has been widely criticised by both industry leadership …

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