President’s Perspective

Dear Members, Dear Partners, Dear Friends,

2018 is coming to an end. We have a lot to look back on, first and foremost our Industry Days in Prague, where we gathered to discussed how to navigate the digital opportunity. Our General Assembly featured a very vivid discussions, which I greatly welcome.

I hope that you will enjoy reading this edition of our EL Magazine that closes off for this year. It features the highlights from the contributions from speakers at our thematic seminars. In the section sectoral news, EL Executive Committee member Jannie Haek outlines in an interview the main challenges and opportunities for EL’s lotteries from the Global Lottery Monitoring System GLMS. You will read more about the recent membership satisfaction survey from the Management team as well as about the discussions at the Council of Europe.

On the one hand, at the level of the European institutions, 2018 has been the year where we did not have to fear the starting of new infringement proceedings, following the closure of all cases at the end of 2017. However at the national levels, the illegal offering is often flourishing and thus our context for our operations remains a very challenging one.

I would like to congratulate the newly elected members to the World Lottery Association Executive Committee and in particular its European board members. I look forward to our cooperation.

You will not be surprised to read that what I most of all look forward to in 2019 for EL is our Congress on the ‘success of chance’ . It will take place in Antwerp, Belgium at the end of May. The Belgian lottery is together with our Level I and II Partners IGT, SGI, Intralot and Kambi and the EL Management working intensely on the preparations for the discussions around this theme in the fantastic location that is the Antwerp Elisabeth Center.

On behalf of the EL Executive Committee and the EL staff, I wish you and your communities a peaceful end of the year and a great start to 2019!

Yours Sincerely,

Hansjörg Höltkemeier

EL President

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