Life of the Association

17 July 2017

European Parliament MEP Horse group

EPMA attended MEP Horse Group in the European Parliament. The European Horse Network members raised awareness of the many economic and environmental benefits of Equestrian Tourism, a fast-growing activity.

Equestrian tourism corresponds perfectly to the orientations of the European tourism policy, slow and sustainable tourism with the valorisation of local cultural and tourist assets.

Horse Races are also an attractive tourist destination and Beach Racing events in 7 European countries were presented.

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7 July 2017

European Commission CAP Conference

EPMA attended the European Commission Conference "CAP: Have your Say!” The Agricultural Policy after 2020 is being prepared today and the open consultation process has received more than 322 000 contributions.

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EPMA took note of the important presence of Environmental and Animal Welfare organisations. The future CAP will for sure be greener but horse breeders must not be forgotten in the process.

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21 June 2017

European Horse Network Legal group

EPMA attended the European Horse Network Legal Group gathering legal experts from 11 organisations to discuss health, identification, sales and ethics issues in future legislative proposals

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15 June 2017

EPMA welcomes 2 new members during Lausanne General Assembly meeting

EPMA welcomes 2 new members during Lausanne General Assembly meeting
Danske Spil/Dantoto and AmTote, horse betting operators in Denmark and US

EPMA members will work on the next step on the Global Bet by testing new ideas on customers and prepare an ambitious Racing and Betting Forum for 2018.

EPMA and AATA (Asian Tote) Board members will meet on 29 September in Paris to collaborate on long term issues.

Life of the Association

4 May 2017

3 May 2017 - EPMA attended the MEP Horse Group meeting hosted by Jean Arthuis on future agricultural policy in the European Parliament

At this beginning of consultation for the future CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), the objective of the meeting was to show the place of the horse in agriculture and its numerous benefits. Will Lambe, Director of Public Affairs and Policy at British Horseracing Authority, showed the many advantages of the return from betting in France and the newly implemented UK Betting levy for a sustainable future of the industry.

On 21 April, the European Commission has endorsed the reform of the existing UK Horserace Betting Levy scheme as in line with EU state aid rules. Like for the French Parafiscal Tax in 2013, the Commission has approved the measure because it recognises that it is essential for the improvement of horse breeding and horseracing without giving rise to undue distortions of competition, a model to spread.

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4 April 2017

EPMA attended and moderated the European session at the Equine Economic Conference in Paris on 28 March

A comparative study of European and national legislations applicable to Equines has been presented. The study details Regulations on health, identification, betting, taxation, welfare at EU level and in 11 countries. The study will be available in English at the end of April.

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23 February 2017

EPMA Global Bet meeting in London on 8 February

Members continued to discuss future bet types and launched sub-groups to work on specifications. Next meeting is scheduled in Dusseldorf on 19 April.

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23 February 2017

EPMA attended ICE Gaming event in London on 7-9 February

ICE is an important moment during the year to meet gambling operators, organise meetings and observe the latest innovations in the sector. More than 30 000 visitors for this year’s edition from 150 countries.

In-race betting, crowdbetting, augmented reality as well as more virtual gaming have attracted the interest of horse betting visitors.

ICE conferences have looked at legal developments particularly in the Netherlands (issuing licences) and Sweden (finalising an investigation towards a possible license market) and how to regulate eSport for betting integrity.

PMU booth has been considered as a perfect representation of the Pari Mutuel community and a great meeting point. PMU has reached more than 1 billion € turnover in betting on International Racing.

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1 February 2017

EPMA attended the European equestrian Federation, European Committee on 1 February in Brussels

Legal advisers of German, French Federation as well as representatives from Belgium and Austrian Federations attended the meeting to discuss and coordinate about consumers’ sales issues, Veterinary products as well as possible application to EU sport funding.