Tag Archives: Maarten Haijer

EGBA: €7m licence fee ‘unwarranted’ in new Italian licence proposals

SBC News EGBA: €7m licence fee ‘unwarranted’ in new Italian licence proposals

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has expressed its concerns over the proposed new Italian decree on online gambling. Currently under discussion in the Council of Ministers, the decree would introduce a significant reorganisation of the sector, particularly regarding the cost of licence fees.  Furthermore, the possible introduction of (quasi) prohibitive licensing regimes and fees also raises concerns on …

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EGBA calls on French authorities to get real on regulating online casino 

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has responded to growing concerns regarding French gambling’s exposure to black market activities, urging relevant authorities to advance discussions on regulating online casino gaming. The Brussels-based trade and standards body expressed its concerns following the publication of a new study commissioned by l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), France’s Unified Gambling Authority. The study’s …

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Aircash to support EGBA’s positioning in the payments landscape

SBC News Aircash to support EGBA’s positioning in the payments landscape

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has announced that payments service provider Aircash has become its very first associate member. The Brussels-based association has recently expanded its membership to include payment service providers in the online gaming and betting sector. Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Aircash as our first associate member. Their …

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EGBA endorses Finnish Interior Ministry monopoly overhaul plans

SBC News EGBA endorses Finnish Interior Ministry monopoly overhaul plans

A legislative project announced this week by Finland’s Ministry of the Interior for the abolition of the monopoly held by Veikkaus Oy over gambling in the country has been warmly received by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). The pan-European trade body has outlined joint-objectives with the Finnish government over the decision to end the Veikkaus monopoly, which is …

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EGBA: Italy’s €1bn black market loss should end Dignity Decree ad-ban 

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) is monitoring developments related to Italy’s online gambling marketplace being impacted by black market activities. Concerns follow a recent investigation by La Gazzetta dello Sport, which documented that the total Italian wagers placed on the black market (land-based and online) are estimated at €25bn per year. The report cited that of the estimated …

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EGBA encourages Norway to embrace open licencing system

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA

European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) Secretary General Maarten Haijer has urged Norway to call a close to its monopoly licensing system. Norway is currently one of the only European and Nordic countries, alongside Finland, to still have a monopoly system in place. Norsk Rikstoto holds exclusive rights to pari-mutuel horse racing betting and Norsk Tipping for sports wagering. However, …

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EGBA: European Gambling has responded to demands on safety & sustainability

SBC News EGBA: European Gambling has responded to demands on safety & sustainability

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has stated that 2022-to-2023  activities have underlined European gambling incumbents heightened commitment to responsible gaming and increased customer engagement.  The observation forms part of the trade body’s “Annual Sustainability Report for 2023” – which provides an overview of industry initiatives promoting safer gambling and data regarding the association’s environmental footprint and further social …

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EGBA confirms Safer Gambling Week 2023 dates amid continental regulatory change

EGBA confirms Safer Gambling Week 2023 dates

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has confirmed the dates for the third edition of the annual continental Safer Gambling Week. This year’s cross-border continental Safer Gambling Week will take place between 13-19 November, coordinated by EGBA to promote safer and responsible betting messaging and policies. Fifteen European online gambling associations will participate in this year’s event, representing some …

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Napoleon becomes first non-EGBA member to join cyber-security group

Napoleon becomes first non-EGBA member to join cyber-security group

Having identified cyber-security as a major concern for the continent’s gambling sector, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has moved to enhance its oversight in 2023. The pan-European gaming trade association announced this week that Belgium’s Napoleon Sports and Casino had become the latest member of its expert committee on cyber-security. In doing so, Napoleon has become the first …

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EGBA’s pan-European markers of harm standard approved by CEN

SBC News EGBA’s pan-European markers of harm standard approved by CEN

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has achieved its goal of creating a cross-continental market of harm standard for the betting industry.  Submitted by the trade organisation to the Committee for Standardisation (CEN) just over a month ago, the proposal has now been approved by the European standards development body.  EGBA has long argued that there should be a …

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