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7 February 2018

EPMA 2018 Responsible Gaming Group

EPMA Responsible Gaming Group in London has invited experts to discuss Corporate Social Responsibility and customers’ behaviour.

Henrik Nordal from the Norwegian Gambling Commission, insisted on the registration of 100% of gaming customers, a prerequisite for an efficient Responsible Gaming policy at national level.

Laura Da Silva Gomes, director of Silverfish, a company that specialises in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sports Integrity and Responsible Gaming, presented simple messages and tools to help gaming companies address and improve their impact on society and grow their business in a different way.

Michael Auer, Director at Neccton and specialized in cognitive behavioural tracking, explained how mentor, a player tracking and feedback solution platform, already working on 8 sites, can improve the relationship with customers. Carl Fredrik Stenstrom demonstrated how Rikstoto, Horse betting operator in Norway, has set up the registration and self-limitation policy of the majority of its customers in only 6 months.

Simo Dragicevic, founder and CEO of BetBuddy, a Playtech company, has developed a consumer protection platform that helps gaming operators to better understand and manage customer behaviour.

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6 February 2018

EPMA 2018 Board

EPMA Board members in London looked at the Global Bet activities and discussed objectives of the World Tote structure. They agreed to launch a study on four potential Global Bet types to a focus group of players in different countries from March. A full financial proposal and draft by-laws for the World Tote will be presented in EPMA General Assembly in May.

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27 January 2018

UET General Assembly

EPMA attended European Trotting Union General Assembly in Vincennes, France
UET Chairman, Jean-Pierre Kratzer, asked all members to improve aftercare and retirement of horses as well as animal welfare issues. New chapters on these issues will be added to the International UET agreement.

The comparative work between Trotting Federations in Europe done on welfare practices regarding equipment and medication is clearly helping the improvement of all.

UET members also agree to be more present and efficient in addressing political institutions.

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17 January 2018

EPMA meetings January - February

27 January
EPMA attends UET General Assembly in Vincennes

6 February
EPMA organises its Board meeting in London to discuss International structure feasibility and topics for Racing & Betting Forum 2018

7 February
EPMA Responsible Gaming Working Group meets in London to focus on behavioural tools. Experts from Silverfish, Neccton and BetBuddy/Playtech will attend. Regulators from UK and Norway are invited.

22 February
EPMA attends the European Horse Network Board meeting in Brussels.

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19 December 2017

Season’s Greetings

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18 November 2017

EPMA attended Norsk Rikstoto Legal Seminar in Oslo

Norwegian Horse Betting operator gathered racing and academics representatives to exchange on illegal betting and integrity issues. Jan Petter Sissener, Chairman and Harald Dorum, CEO of Rikstoto reaffirmed their engagement to the integrity of sport (neutrality and transparency of the Tote betting system) and responsibility to protect customers (100% registration and monitoring) and obligation to finance the horse industry (16500 people employed in Norway). As acting Chairman of EPMA, Harald Dorum detailed the work done inside EPMA to reach responsible gaming standards as well as security standards to combat fraud and fixing.

Laurent Vidal, professor in Sorbonne university and specialist of sport law insisted on the benefit to exchange information between regulators to fight against illegal betting (still representing 80% of the betting market). Atle Hamar, CEO of the Norwegian Gaming Authority improves the fight against illegal betting (€ 135 million in NO) with an efficient payment blocking system and the improved analysis of transactions. Sven Erik Lauvas, MP in Norwegian Parliament and chair of the Horseracing Intergroup supports the idea to organise a conference on illegal betting with his colleague MPs from different Nordic Parliament.

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7 November 2017

EPMA attended the European Horse Network Annual Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels

European Horse Network met the MEP Horse Group led by Jean Arthuis at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the impact of Brexit on the horse industry. While demonstrating the excellence of the European equine sector, Mr Arthuis wanted to highlight the constraints and uncertainties related to Brexit which will impact the movement of horses, employment, and agricultural funding.

Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans, who is also very involved in the group, showed the innovations of European equestrian sport, green events for FEI, new educational concepts and attractive popular events.

The conference was attended by more than 70 participants, MEPs, French parliamentarians, agricultural attachés, officials of the European Commission and many representatives of the equine sector.

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7 November 2017

EPMA attended European Horse Network General Assembly Meeting in Brussels.

26 representatives reviewed 2017 activities: EHN has improved its network by organising meetings with Members of the Parliament on Equestrian Tourism and Future CAP. EHN Presidents became more engaged and shared new ideas on how to promote the Equine industry last July. EHN Legal Group launched in June, had its second meeting on 6/11 with 15 active participants closely looking at 7 topics to coordinate and improve EHN advocacy.

Mark Wentein, EHN Chairman, reminded that it was gratifying for EHN to be named in a parliamentarian report adopted in March, thanks to Julie Girling and her report on Responsible Equine Care voted at a very large majority. He was also very positive to have cooperated to the publication of IFCE on EU laws on equine – a reference book. Mark Wentein was re-elected as Chairman as well as EPMA as members of the Board.

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27 October 2017

EPMA attended the French Annual Horse Conference in Angers

Organisers invited personalities who were reinventing the Equine Environment through innovative media and new technologies: Paris Turf, racing media is developing new services thanks to daily data collection in Racing and Exalt, a new tracking system, ATG, swedish betting operator and EPMA member, is also looking into its tracking system, pushing it further in Raceview, Nathan Horrocks creator of Equine Production is investing in wonderful features, making the sport (racing and jumping) look amazing, Equimov, the first AirBnB for horse owners.