Dear Members, Dear Partners, Dear Friends,
As another year slowly comes to an end, we naturally start looking back to assess what we have accomplished. I am proud to say that looking back at 2017 I see that our Association has gone through significant changes and proved itself in facing and adapting to new challenges. This year we welcomed our new Secretary General Arjan van ‘t Veer. He filled a very important role for EL daily life; above all for implementing our medium/long term objectives. Our General Assembly elected a new Executive Committee and adopted the new EL strategy that outlines the core values of our sector.
In Brussels, the advocacy and legislative monitoring activities remain a key priority for our Association. EL is increasingly recognised as an active and valuable point of reference for the EU Institutions for all the initiatives related to the gambling sector at EU level and in EU Member States. 2018 will be an important year, the last before the new European Elections and EL is ready to launch new initiatives to enhance its visibility and promote the business model and core values we stand for.
This edition of the EL Magazine features on some of the main speakers and their presentations from our EL- seminars during the year and looks ahead at next year’s key events.
The sold-out Innovation workshop held in London in November was once again a great experience to end 2017 as we look to the coming year. The last EL branded event of the year was the Legal Seminar that was hosted in the Belgian Senate. The seminar brought to a close a long series of successful EL events organised all over Europe allowing hundreds of lottery professionals to gather together, listen to inspiring speakers, expand their professional networks and exchange best practices with colleagues. And there is more to come: one of the most anticipated events of next year is in February with the unmissable EL/WLA Marketing Seminar in London. We will challenge you to realise how “The Biggest Trend In Marketing Is SMALL!”. June brings another highlight when EL will welcome you all to beautiful Prague, for the 2018 Industry Days hosted by Sazka.
There is a lot of work behind such events and a lot of challenges in keeping them to the highest standards but I strongly believe that providing such opportunities to our Members is a key part of providing great service and we are committed to deliver new and even better results in 2018.
You will find much more in the various articles that follow, I will take this opportunity here to thank you all for supporting and being part of the EL community. May your holidays be filled with cheer, warm memories and happiness.
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Hansjörg Höltkemeier re-elected as EL President for the period 2019-2021 Re-elected EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier (right) said, ‘‘We have had three fantastic days at the special 10th edi......Read more
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Peter Simoner, CEO of Loteria Kombetare received his Commitment certificate from EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier Benefits of the Commitment Level Loteria Kombëtare in Albania was the first-eve......Read more
European Standard on reporting in support of online gambling supervision notes considerable progress
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From left to right: Kerstin Kosanke, Managing Director, Lotto Brandenburg, Alexandru-Mircea Croitoru, General Manager, Loteria Romania, Bekir Yunus Uçar, General Director, Turkish National Lottery Administration & Gábor Czepek, CEO, Hungarian National Lottery...Read more
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The Black Swan with keynote speaker: Mr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb International bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb focused his keynote presentation on the Black Swan, his book which looks at th......Read more
As it was stated during the 10th EL Congress in the CEO Panel discussion by Maria Stergiou, Group Chief Sales and Operations Officer of INTRALOT, all the above technological trends are creating sever......Read more
The Convention entered into force thanks to its ratification by Italy, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine. Another 32 countries, including Australia, have also signed it. Within 12 mon......Read more
Kerstin Kosanke, Managing Director of Land Brandenburg Lotto GmbH After finishing her law studies in Potsdam, Ms. Kosanke worked for 15 years as an independent lawyer with a focus on tax law and man......Read more
Honoured in his new role Alexandru-Mircea Croitoru as General Manager, he will continue to work on the implementation of projects that will drive the development of the lottery. The Romanian Lottery is one of the oldest institutions in the country, established in 1906 in order to improve the health system, especially in rural areas....Read more
Gábor Czepek, CEO, Hungarian National Lottery Szerencsejáték Zrt. is one of Hungary’s largest, dynamically developing state-owned enterprises: What were the most pressing tasks in this initial......Read more
Following a career in journalism, Bekir Yunus Uçar spent over 20 years in public service. He worked in several roles at Türk Telekom before joining the Turkish National Lottery Administration. He was appointed General Director by the Minister of Treasury and Finance....Read more
Hansjörg Höltkemeier, EL President & Jannie Haek, CEO of the National Lottery Belgium open the Trade Show at the 10th EL Congress in Antwerp ‘‘The Success of Chance’’ was the theme for......Read more