2016 EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar
Thanks to the support of the hosting Austrian Lotteries, the 2016 edition of the EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar took place in the historical Congress Casino Baden, a majestic Renaissance revival palace from the 19th century a few kilometres outside Vienna on 24-25 November. Such a unique setting, together with a challenging and busy programme, granted a particularly high attendance to the seminar that brought together participants from more than twenty countries. The Seminar aimed to provide Lotteries’ lawyers with a well-structured and organic overview of the most recent legal news regarding the sector, with a special attention to the most significant EU developments. Thanks to the decision made by the EL Legal Working Group, part of this year’s event was dedicated to an open discussion with high-level representatives from different national regulatory authorities. This format was very appreciated by the audience who actively took the chance to interact with the regulators during and after the conference sessions.
To formally open the event Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, CFO of the hosting Austrian Lotteries, welcomed the participants, explaining the choice of this particular venue and wishing a fruitful seminar, leaving then the floor to Jannie Haek, CEO of the Belgium National Lottery and Co-Chair of the EL Legal Working Group. The first day was dedicated to three main contributions that were briefly explained by EL Deputy Secretary General Jutta Buyse, who gave the audience an overview of the programme and then introduced Alina Iatan, Programme Manager for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and for the European Committee for Electro-technical Standardization (CENELEC), who gave a very detailed presentation on European standardization and online gambling services. The very precise and comprehensive overview of all CJEU case-law on gambling, presented by Philippe Vlaemminck (Partner at Pharumlegal) was a very appreciated approach that allowed lawyers who joined our sector more recently to have a very efficient global presentation of cases they might not have had occasion to deal with, but even the most experienced members of the audience appreciated the value of looking at the general picture given by Philippe. It is always helpful to recall the main principles that today’s litigation are still based on. Bill Batchelor, Partner at Baker McKenzie walked the audience through the importance of compliance and competition law for European associations, thanks to a very original presentation with several case studies specifically prepared for the gambling perspective. Mr Batchelor challenged the participants to actively participate and reply to his questions and realise the compliance risks hidden in their daily working activities.
After a gala dinner hosted by the Austrian Lotteries in the prestigious restaurant of the casino, the second day of the seminar gave the participants the opportunity to listen to the interventions of three institutional representatives from national regulatory authorities about the key learnings of acting against illegal gambling operators. Arjan van’t Veer and Jannie Haek, the two co-chairs of the EL Legal Working Group, moderated the panel composed of Charles Coppolani, President of the French Regulatory Authority for Online Gaming (ARJEL); Jonny Engebø, Senior Advisor of the Norwegian Gaming Authority, and Gustav Trefil, Legal Advisor of the Austrian Regulator. The joint discussion with the national regulators was then stimulated as well by the interventions given from representatives of EL Members’ lotteries: Frédéric Deroin (FDJ, France) on “New forms of gaming”; a presentation from Sazka on “Illegal lotteries: the experience in the Czech Republic” and then Philippe Vlaemminck on “Addressing illegal gambling”.
This 2016 EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar was a great success, as of today one of the legal seminars with the highest attendance and the initiative of hosting it in the prestigious Casino Baden turned out to be very appreciated by all participants. Despite working in the gambling sector, everybody had the chance to experience the special atmosphere of the casino, observing the players and the dynamics on top of getting a professional presentation about its most classic games from the Casino’s staff. Our special thanks goes to the hosting Austrian Lotteries and to all the members of the EL Legal Working Group who introduced and moderated part of the seminar’s panels.
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