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15 July 2019

EPMA supports the MEP Horse Group in newly elected European Parliament

MEP Horse Group starts a new chapter with Mrs Hilde Vautmans (BE, Renew Europe).
“I feel very honoured to take over the presidency from Jean Arthuis and Julie Girling. We have made great progress since 2011 but there is so much to be done to ensure the European equine sector is properly recognised in Brussels. Together with EHN, I want to commit myself to all possible areas of the sector, those being: both recreational as professional equestrian sports, agriculture, hippo- and equitherapy, tourism, etc. The horse industry is indeed a crucial sector that immensely contributes to the welfare of our European economy. As Chairwoman, I will do my best to push through and put these challenges on the agenda of the European Parliament in order to improve and enhance the current situation in Europe.” said Hilde Vautmans. The first meeting is scheduled on 15 October in Brussels.

> Read Press Release


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11 July 2019

EPMA attended the European Horse Network Board meeting at the French Thoroughbred breeders Federation in Paris

EHN members prepared the first MEP Horse Group meeting in the new European Parliament, discussed future applications for EU research and Erasmus + programmes. The first results of the study on the green assets of equine was presented. Full results should be available in October.



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31 May 2019

EPMA attended the World Trotting Conference in Stockholm

The Racing and Betting plenary and committee meeting gathered 50 participants from major trotting nations to discuss changes in the sport to suit the audience, race goers and bettors.

ATG, PMU and Australian Harness Racing looked at the innovation in betting. Many Trotting Federations asked for stronger cooperation between tote operators and declared their support to common pools development and to the global bet project.

> Read the summary posted on WTC site


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31 May 2019

EPMA supports the Council of Europe Macolin Convention against the manipulation of sport results

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16 May 2019

Record attendance at EPMA General Assembly meeting in Oslo

30 participants were welcomed by Stein Erik Lauvås, Member of the Norwegian Parliament and Chairman of the Friends Group for Norwegian Horse Racing in the Parliament. The politician explained how his group has been working closely with Norsk Rikstoto and the Norwegian trotting association for the past three years with focus on better information about what the horses in general and the racehorses in Norway bring to the table both economically and socially.

EPMA members discussed responsible offer through customers’ registration and integrity through their cooperation with GLMS.

Sportech PLC was welcomed back as associated member for the totes operated in US. Harald Dorum, CEO of Rikstoto and Chairman of the Association was proud to invite members and friends from around the world to the Norwegian Constitution Day and horse racing at Ovrevoll racecourse together with European Thoroughbred racing authorities, EMHF and the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses.





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24 April 2019

EPMA dialogues with African lotteries and horse betting operators in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

ALA (African Lotteries Association) Legal and fiscal Seminar gathered members from 15 different countries to exchange best practices when modernisation legislation to adapt to changing gambling environment. It was said that Lotteries and Pari Mutuel horse betting operators in the African continent must go further in responsible gaming measures and gaming integrity. Philippe Vlaemminck, lawyer in Brussels, speaker and moderator of the seminar, asked participants to innovate and integrate more social benefits for their customers and community. David Muller, legal practioner in South Africa, Peter Naessens, Belgium Regulator explained how legislation and enforcement authorities must adapt to face illegal lotteries, loot boxes in video games. Lotteries’ model of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Liberia were detailed.

ALA members agreed to continue a joint work on ethical topics, data protection, fiscal model (VAT).

> Read more on WLA blog



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19 March 2019

EPMA attended the workshop on the funding of the European horse racing industry

The Workshop hosted by MEP Jean Arthuis in the European Parliament in Brussels gathered 25 participants from horse racing and betting associations. This second workshop allowed to:

- Assess the seriousness of the situation of horseracing in Sweden - No betting operator has signed an agreement with the horse racing Federation on the return on betting,

- Validate the list of costs for organising horse racing events - the European Commission validates the list,

- Strengthen the solidarity by sharing the financial return from national and international betting - Need to be concretized by a signed agreement for the sharing of the levy

Participants agreed to create a committee in order to establish clear bilateral relations and work on common regulatory approach and to produce a document containing the arguments and the legal and political moves.




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1 March 2019

EPMA announces a workshop on the funding of the European horse racing industry on 19 March

The Workshop is hosted by MEP Jean Arthuis in the European Parliament in Brussels.

The issue was already discussed in a first meeting on 15 October 2018 in Paris. The principle of financing towards an equine common good, validated by the European Commission must be followed by a common vision of the racing authorities in Europe. The second meeting could be to map the different financing systems in European countries, to list the expenses necessary for the sustainable organization of horse races and to establish a diagnosis on the existing schemes for a return in the long term at EU level.

European Racing Authorities are invited as well as horse betting operators in order to make this principle stronger, coherent, understandable by the general public. Members of the European Parliament are invited, particularly members of the sport Intergroup, also seeking to protect Sport Events’ organisers and looking at a possible financial return coming from betting.

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26 February 2019

EPMA attended the European Horse Network Board meeting in Brussels

EHN members welcomed new members, European Equine Farriers and ECAHO, Arabian Horse breeders and event organisers, and ANCCE, Pura Raza Espanola. Three other applications are under study.

Cooperation with EAAP, Animal Science researchers have been discussed and EHN will participate to the next Annual Congress in Gent, end of August 2019.

EHN Manifesto 2019 will be distributed widely to the press and candidate MEPs and translated into other languages.

> Read Manifesto