2016 EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar

Held 23-25 November 2016 at Congress Casino Baden, Austria, the 2016 EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar provided Lotteries’ lawyers with a well-structured and organic overview of the most recent legal news regarding the sector.

Working Group Co-Chairs Jannie Haek and Arjan van ‘t Veer with 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.

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.

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Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, CFO of the hosting Austrian Lotteries.

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.

EL Deputy Secretary General Jutta Buyse.

 

Barbara Hoffmann-Schöll, Corporate Counsel, Austrian Lotteries and EL Legal advisor Philippe Vlaemminck.

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”.

John Dillon, Legal Services Director & Company Secretary and participants.

Piet Van Baeveghem, Domain Manager Legal & Public Affairs, Belgian National Lottery and Bill Batchelor, Baker McKenzie.

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.

Arjan van ‘t Veer and Charles Coppolani.

Frédéric Deroin, Head of Unit, European & Regulatory Affairs, La Française des Jeux.

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Synopsis

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Séminaire EL 2016 sur les affaires juridiques et réglementaires:   L’édition 2016 du séminaire EL (European Lotteries) sur les Affaires juridiques et réglementaires, à laquelle ont assisté des participants venus de plus de vingt pays, a eu lieu les 24 et 25 novembre au Congress Casino Baden, un majestueux palais historique de style néo-renaissance datant du 19ème siècle et situé à quelques kilomètres de Vienne. Le séminaire a fourni aux avocats des loteries un aperçu bien structuré et organique des dernières nouvelles juridiques dans le secteur, en accordant une attention particulière aux nouveautés les plus significatives au niveau européen. Une partie de l’événement de cette année a été consacrée à une discussion ouverte avec des représentants de haut niveau de différentes autorités réglementaires nationales. Cette formule a été très appréciée par le public, qui a saisi l’opportunité d’interagir activement avec les régulateurs pendant et après les sessions de la conférence.   Bettina Glatz-Kremsner a souhaité la bienvenue aux participants, laissant ensuite la parole à Jannie Haek. Le premier jour, trois contributions principales ont été brièvement expliquées par Jutta Buyse, qui a donné au public un aperçu du programme et a ensuite présenté Alina Iatan, qui a proposé une présentation très détaillée sur la normalisation européenne et les services de jeux en ligne. Cette intervention a été suivie par un aperçu très précis et complet de l’ensemble de la jurisprudence de la CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union [Cour de justice de l’Union européenne]) sur le jeu, présenté par Philippe Vlaemminck. Bill Batchelor a expliqué au public l’importance de la conformité et du droit de la concurrence pour les associations européennes. Le deuxième jour, Arjan van’t Veer et Jannie Haek, les deux coprésidents du Groupe de travail juridique d’EL, ont animé le panel composé de Charles Coppolani, Jonny Engebø et Gustav Trefil. Les présentations par les représentants des loteries membres d’EL ont ensuite eu lieu : par Frédéric Deroin sur « Les nouvelles formes de jeu », par Sazka sur « Les loteries illégales : l’expérience en République tchèque » et ensuite par Philippe Vlaemminck sur « Aborder le jeu illégal ».   Cette édition 2016 du séminaire EL sur les Affaires juridiques et réglementaires a été un véritable succès. Nous remercions tout particulièrement les organisateurs, les Loteries autrichiennes, ainsi que tous les membres du Groupe de travail juridique d’EL qui ont présenté et animé une partie des groupes du séminaire.  
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Seminario sobre temas regulatorios y legales de LE 2016:   La edición de 2016 del Seminario sobre temas regulatorios y legales de Loterías Europeas (LE) contó con participantes de más de veinte países, y se llevó a cabo los días 24 y 25 de noviembre en el histórico Congress Casino Baden, un majestuoso palacio de estilo renacentista del siglo XIX a pocos kilómetros de Viena. El seminario ofreció a los representantes legales de las loterías una visión de conjunto orgánica y bien estructurada de las noticias legales más recientes de importancia para el sector, y prestó especial atención a los desarrollos más significativos de la UE. Parte del evento de este año se dedicó a realizar un debate abierto con representantes de alto nivel de autoridades regulatorias de distintos países. Resultó ser un formato muy apreciado por los asistentes, que aprovecharon de forma activa la oportunidad de relacionarse con los reguladores, tanto durante las sesiones y conferencias como después de ellas.   Bettina Glatz-Kremsner dio la bienvenida a los participantes para, posteriormente, ceder el turno a Jannie Haek. El primer día incluyó tres aportaciones principales. Jutta Buyse las explicó brevemente y ofreció un resumen del programa antes de presentar a Alina Iatan, que intervino realizando una detallada presentación de la estandarización europea y los servicios de juego online. A continuación, Philippe Vlaemminck presentó una completa y precisa visión de conjunto de la jurisprudencia del CJEU [Court of Justice of the European Union (Tribunal de justicia de la Unión Europea)] relativa al juego. Por último, Bill Batchelor indicó al público la importancia del cumplimiento de las leyes y derecho de la competencia por parte de las asociaciones europeas. El segundo día, Arjan van’t Veer y Jannie Haek, codirectores del Grupo de trabajo legal de Loterías Europeas, moderaron la mesa redonda, que contó con la asistencia de Charles Coppolani, Jonny Engebø y Gustav Trefil. Se realizaron distintas presentaciones por parte de representantes de loterías miembros de LE: Frédéric Deroin habló sobre “Nuevas formas de juego”, Sazka participó con una charla sobre “Loterías ilegales: la experiencia en la República Checa” y, por último, Philippe Vlaemminck trató el tema de “Cómo abordar el juego ilegal”.   El Seminario sobre temas regulatorios y legales de Loterías Europeas 2016 fue un gran éxito. Queremos dar las gracias especialmente a Loterías Austriacas, que organizó el evento, y a todos los miembros del Grupo de trabajo legal de LE, que presentaron y moderaron parte de las mesas redondas del seminario.
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EL-Seminar zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten 2016:   Teilnehmer aus über 20 Ländern besuchten das Seminar zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten der EL („European Lotteries“ [Europäische Lotterien]) 2016, das vom 24. bis zum 25. November im historischen Congress Casino Baden stattfand, einem majestätischen Renaissancepalast aus dem 19. Jahrhundert nur wenige Kilometern außerhalb von Wien. Das Seminar gab in der Lotteriebranche tätigen Anwälten einen gut strukturierten, organischen Überblick über die aktuellen juristischen Neuerungen in dem Bereich. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit wurde dabei den wichtigsten Entwicklungen in der EU geschenkt. Teil der diesjährigen Veranstaltung war eine offene Diskussion mit hochrangigen Vertretern verschiedener nationaler Aufsichtsbehörden. Das Publikum nahm dieses Format sehr gut auf und ergriff die Gelegenheit, vor und nach den Konferenzsessionen mit den Regulatoren ins Gespräch zu kommen.   Bettina Glatz-Kremsner begrüßte die Teilnehmer und überließ dann Jannie Haek das Feld. Am ersten Tag gab es drei Hauptbeiträge, die von Jutta Buyse kurz erläutert wurden, bevor sie dem Publikum einen Überblick über das Programm gab. Danach stellte sie Alina Iatan vor, die in ihrem Vortrag sehr eingehend die europäische Standardisierung und Online-Glücksspielangebote beschrieb. Danach folgte der Beitrag von Philippe Vlaemminck, der einen äußerst genauen und umfassenden Überblick über das gesamte Fallrecht des Europäischen Gerichtshofs (EuGH) zu Glücksspielen gab. Bill Batchelor führte die Anwesenden durch die Bedeutung von Compliance und Wettbewerbsrecht für europäische Verbände. Am zweiten Tag moderierten Arjan van’t Veer und Jannie Haek, die beiden Vorsitzenden der Arbeitsgruppe Recht der EL, die Diskussionsrunde mit Charles Coppolani, Jonny Engebø und Gustav Trefil. Es folgten Vorträge von Lotterievertretern, die EL-Mitglieder sind: Frédéric Deroin zum Thema „Neue Arten von Glücksspielen“; Sazka zum Thema „Illegale Lotterien: Die Erfahrungen in der Tschechischen Republik“ und Philippe Vlaemminck zum Thema „Umgang mit illegalen Glücksspielen“.   Das EL-Seminar zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten 2016 war ein großer Erfolg. Besonders bedanken möchten wir uns bei unserem Gastgeber, den Österreichischen Lotterien, und bei allen Mitgliedern der Arbeitsgruppe Recht der EL, die die Beitragenden vorstellten und teilweise die Moderation der Podiumsdiskussionen übernahmen.

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