EL Legal & Regulatory Affairs Seminar 2017, Belgian Senate

Why is it necessary to regulate the gambling market in the first place? What are the (dis)advantages of different regulatory models? What challenges do regulators face when addressing the illegal gambling offer? What are the potential legal impacts of some of the emerging technologies and trends? An overall discussion. ⇓ SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PICTURE GALLERY.

The 2017 edition of the EL Legal & Regulatory Affairs Seminar held on November 30th and  December 1st was hosted by the Belgian National Lottery at the majestic premises of the Belgian senate in Brussels. It started off with a fundamental discussion on the regulation of the gambling market and why  regulation is necessary in the first place. It further touched upon the current regulatory issues such as societal and economic (dis)advantages of different regulatory models, an optimal regulatory model, challenges regulators face when addressing the illegal gambling offer, as well as relevant current developments at the EU level. It closed with a lively discussion on two opportunities identified as extremely interesting for the sector – blockchain technology and the development of the e-sports market – and their potential legal impacts. The seminar attracted more than 70 participants.

EL Secretary General Arjan van ‘t Veer, Chair of the EL Legal and Regulatory Working Group Jannie Haek and Belgian Senator and Former Deputy Prime Minister Steven Vanackere welcomed the attendees.

Regulation of the Gambling Market

Dr Lea Meyer, Founder & Executive Director of Swiss Polaris Strategic Foresight consultancy, delivered a more fundamental presentation in which she argued that as the regulation is necessarily multi-faceted in terms of intensity and scope, any organizational response to it should take into account the following six dimensions: financial, operational, stakeholder management, legal requirements, social issue participation and public values.

According to Meyer, key performance indicators should be developed, measured and reported for each of the six dimensions.

Philippe Vlaemminck, EL Legal Adviser, talked the audience through a body of EU case-law and pointed to the fact that there are more than 40 preliminary rulings confirming the primary competence of Member States in the field of gambling. There is no mutual recognition.

Philippe Vlaemminck delivered a plea for the recognition that primary competence of the Member States in the field of gambling should not be perceived as an exception to free movement, but should be respected as equal.

(Dis)Advantages of Different Regulatory Models

Veikkaus Oy’s Legal Counsel Tuula Sundström and Française des Jeux’s European & Regulatory Affairs Head of Unit Frédéric Deroin presented societal and economic (dis)advantages of the regulatory models applied in Finland and France.

Daniel Stone of GamblingCompliance presented the results of the comparative analysis of the impacts of different licensing models according to which privately-held online operators in Belgium are estimated to have produced €1.00 in state contributions for every €149.00 generated in turnover. This compares with equivalent state contribution ratio of €3.70 at the Belgian Lottery.

A panel composed of Gautier Calomne (Member of the Belgian Parliament), Etienne Marique (President of the Belgian Gaming Commission), Charles Coppolani (President of ARJEL), Neil McArthur (Executive Director and General Counsel of the UK Gambling Commission) and Wim Panis (Partner at the Belgian Stibbe Lawfirm) discussing the best practices for law enforcement towards illegal operators

Blockchain: a Threat or an Opportunity for Lotteries?

Dr Shermin Voshmgir, Founder of the BlockchainHub.net, introduced blockchain as the next ‘jump’ in the business process/optimization technology with the application already playing a role in the gambling sector.

Taking into account the breath-taking pace at which blockchain technology is proceeding already and the opportunities it brings along, Dr Shermin Voshmgir encouraged a proactive approach of the lotteries’ management boards in understanding how blockchain will impact their businesses sooner rather than later and making sure they know how they will adapt to the changing realities.

E-Sports

EL Secretary General Arjan van ’t Veer moderated an extremely insightful debate on e-sports and gambling. It is estimated that 19.4 million people will bet on E-Sports by 2020.

A panel composed of Arjan van ‘t Veer (EL Secretary General – Moderator) Frédéric Deroin (Française des Jeux’s European & Regulatory Affairs Head of Unit), Stein Langberget (Attorney, Norsk Tipping), Andreas Wauters (E-sport Team Manager, Wauters Automotive), Ben Woodward (Product Manager – CSGO, Sportradar)

Developments at the EU Level

EL Deputy Secretary General Jutta Buyse presented current developments at the EU level. She summarized the gambling sector-related ‘homework’ still left from the Commission 2012 Action Plan, outlined the Digital Single Market initiatives pertaining to the gambling sector and illustrated an immediate and long-term outlook.


 


 


Dr Lea Meyer


Philippe Vlaemminck (EL Legal Adviser)


Frédéric Deroin (Française des Jeux’s European & Regulatory Affairs Head of Unit)


Daniel Stone (GamblingCompliance)


Stein Langberget (Attorney, Norsk Tipping)


Dr Shermin Voshmgir (Founder of the BlockchainHub.net)


 


A panel composed of Gautier Calomne (Member of the Belgian Parliament), Etienne Marique (President of the Belgian Gaming Commission), Charles Coppolani (President of ARJEL), Neil McArthur (Executive Director and General Counsel of the UK Gambling Commission) and Wim Panis (Partner at the Belgian Stibbe Lawfirm) discussing the best practices for law enforcement towards illegal operators

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« Séminaire 2017 D’el Sur Les Affaires Juridiques Et Réglementaires, Sénat De Belgique

Séminaire 2017 d’EL sur les affaires juridiques et réglementaires. L’édition 2017 du séminaire d’EL sur les affaires juridiques et réglementaires a eu lieu du 30 novembre au 1er décembre, organisé par la Loterie Nationale de Belgique dans le cadre majestueux du Sénat de Belgique à Bruxelles. Nous avons débuté par une discussion plus fondamentale sur la régulation du marché des jeux et des paris, et sur les raisons pour lesquelles il était d’abord nécessaire de le réguler. L’argument était que - étant donné que l’intensité et la portée de la réglementation sont forcément variées - toute réponse organisationnelle devrait prendre en compte les six dimensions suivantes : financière, opérationnelle, gestion des parties prenantes, exigences légales, participation aux questions sociales et valeurs affichées. Le séminaire a de plus évoqué des questions de réglementation actuelles telles que les avantages/inconvénients économiques et sociétaux des différents modèles de régulation, le modèle optimal, les défis auxquels les régulateurs sont confrontés face à l’offre de paris illégaux, ainsi que les derniers développements au niveau européen. Il s’est conclu par une discussion animée sur les deux opportunités qui sont identifiées comme étant très intéressante pour le secteur : la technologie des chaines de blocs (« blockchain ») et le développement du marché des sports électroniques, avec leurs impacts potentiels sur la législation. Tout au long du séminaire, les directions ont été encouragées, si elles souhaitent que leurs entreprises restent compétitives, à adopter une approche proactive permettant de s’adapter aux réalités changeantes. Plus de 70 participants ont pris part à ce séminaire. »

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“El Legal & Regulatory Affairs Seminar 2017, Senado Belga

EL Legal and Regulatory Affairs Seminar 2017. La edición de 2017 del EL Legal & Regulatory Affairs Seminar (Seminario de EL sobre asuntos legislativos y normativos), que tuvo lugar el 30 de noviembre y el 1 de diciembre, fue organizada por la Lotería nacional belga en las majestuosas instalaciones del senado belga en Bruselas. Empezó con una discusión fundamental sobre la regulación del mercado de juego y sobre por qué es necesario regularlo para empezar. El argumento que se dio fue que —dado que la regulación es necesariamente polifacética en términos de intensidad y ámbito de alcance— cualquier respuesta por parte de las organizaciones ante dicha regulación debería tener en cuenta las seis dimensiones siguientes: financiera, operativa, de gestión de accionistas, de requisitos legales, de participación en asuntos sociales y de valores públicos. Además, el seminario trató asuntos de la regulación actual, como (des)ventajas sociales y económicas de diferentes modelos reguladores, el modelo regulador óptimo, retos a los que se enfrentan los organismos reguladores a la hora de abordar la oferta de juego ilegal, y también avances actuales relevantes a nivel de la UE. Se cerró con un animado debate sobre las dos oportunidades calificadas de interés extremo para el sector —la tecnología de blockchain (cadenas de bloques) y el desarrollo del mercado de deportes electrónicos— y su potencial impacto legal. Durante el seminario, se invitó a las juntas administrativas de las loterías a adoptar un enfoque proactivo para adaptarse a las realidades cambiantes si quieren que sus negocios sigan siendo competitivos. El seminario atrajo más de 70 participantes.”

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„El-Seminar Zu Juristischen & Regulatorischen Angelegenheiten 2017, Belgischer Senat

EL-Seminar zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten 2017. Am 30. November und 1. Dezember veranstaltete die belgische Nationallotterie im majestätischen Gebäude des belgischen Senats das EL-Seminar zu juristischen und regulatorischen Angelegenheiten 2017. Eingeläutet wurde die Veranstaltung durch eine Grundsatzdiskussion über Regulierungen auf dem Glücksspielmarkt und ihren Sinn und Zweck. Das Ergebnis war, dass die vielfältige Natur von Regulierungen (hinsichtlich Intensität und Geltungsbereich) eine Reaktion auf sechs Ebenen erforderlich machte: Finanzen, Betrieb, Management von Interessengruppen, gesetzliche Anforderungen, Beteiligung an sozialen Angelegenheiten und gesellschaftliche Werte. Das Seminar behandelte des Weiteren aktuelle regulatorische Themen wie gesellschaftliche und wirtschaftliche Vor- und Nachteile bestimmter Regulierungsmodelle, optimale Regulierungsmodelle, regulatorische Schwierigkeiten hinsichtlich illegalen Glücksspiels und die aktuelle Entwicklung in der EU. Abgeschlossen wurde die Veranstaltung mit einer regen Diskussion zu zwei extrem interessanten Geschäftsgelegenheiten in der Branche – Blockchain-Technologie und der eSports-Markt – und den entsprechenden rechtlichen Fragen. Im Rahmen des Seminars wurden die Vorstände der Lotterien dazu angehalten, sich hinsichtlich der neuen Herausforderungen auf dem Markt proaktiv zu verhalten, um auch in Zukunft konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben. Das Seminar zog mehr als 70 Teilnehmer an.“

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