Life of the Association

16 October 2018

EPMA is part of the Equine Conference co-organised by European Horse Network, FEEVA, Equine veterinarians, UECBV, meat organisation and World Horse Welfare: Responsible Care throughout the life of Equines

More than 70 people were present at the Equine Conference this year, hosted by MEPs Julie Girling and Jean Arthuis, Chair of the Horse Group of Parliament.

The first session of the conference focused on securing value to the life of horses. Issues discussed included responsible breeding of horses, rehoming and rehabilitation, retraining of race horses, and the residual value in the food chain.

The second session focused on practical implementation and the positive initiatives in place. Issues discussed included end of life, transport of horses, good practices in slaughterhouses, and professional charter for responsible ownership.

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Life of the Association

16 October 2018

EPMA attended the European Horse Network General Assembly in Brussels

EHN members adopted their Manifesto 2019 asking decision makers to work on 6 priorities.

Members agreed to include more members in the Board and to renew Mark Wentein as Chairman.

EHN will increase its budget by creating different categories in membership fees in order to organise more events with decision makers and partners.

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Life of the Association

15 October 2018

EPMA participates in Paris to the Workshop initiated by MEP Jean Arthuis on the funding of the Horse Racing industry.

Attended the meeting politicians, horse betting operators, horse racing authorities from France, Norway, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium.

The principle of sustainable funding of the racing industry by the levy on betting, exists as a model and was even established in the national legislation of several States. The European Commission has confirmed the possibility for governments adopting 5 decisions on state aid since 2013. These decisions are not sufficient to fully recognise the fair return from betting in Europe.

The workshop asked the following questions which will be dealt with in a future meeting:

- How to promote and institute this return in the long term?

- How to organize at European level between racing companies and betting operators to make this principle stronger, more complete and more united?

Life of the Association

8 October 2018

EPMA attended the International Horse Racing Authorities Conference in Paris

The Wagering/Horse Betting session looked at figures: 105 billion $ turnover in horse betting represents 6% of the Total worldwide gaming. 5 missions to work on together – widen customer, new Tote technology, commingle with a simple and updated Tote protocol, protect IP rights and fight illegal betting

Life of the Association

5 October 2018

EPMA and AATA co-organised the 10th edition of the Racing & Betting Forum in Paris

155 participants listened and exchanged on the future of race tracking, the impact of Artificial Intelligence on betting, how gamification can benefit the business and the latest innovation in pari mutuel betting.

Life of the Association

4 October 2018

EPMA Board

Members met in Paris to plan the future work of the Global Bet project and discuss the interest to work at International level.

EU Agriculture Policy

20 June 2018

EPMA attended the MEP Horse Group meeting in European Parliament on future agriculture policy

Around 10 MEPs present on June 20 in the European Parliament exchanged with the professionals of the equine sector gathered by the European Horse Network, EHN. Several representatives joined Jean Arthuis in expressing their concern about the proposal on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which will no longer count equine on farms after 2020 and which makes recognition of the status of equine breeder difficult as well as his access to land.

The new European proposals for the reform of the CAP presented on June 1, was detailed by Pierre Bascou, Director at the Agriculture Directorate of the Commission.

Jean Arthuis concluded the session by asking the European Commission to take into account the importance of activities related to equidae in Europe, breeding, sport, horse racing, recreation, tourism, as many rural activities.

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EU Gambling Policy

5 June 2018

EPMA attended the two panels in European Parliament organised on integrity in sport and betting before the launch of the World Cup

A High-level panel hosted by MEP Bogdan Wenta clearly asked the EU and governments to sign the Macolin convention against match-fixing. Torbjorn Froysnes, former Ambassador of the Council of Europe, representing Norwegian horse betting operator, concerned by illegal betting, asked the EU to vote the Macolin convention by a majority in order to preserve the financial return to horse racing and sport.

On the photo: Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education Culture and sport, Krasen Kralev, Minister of Education and Sport of Bulgaria, Maja Makovec Brencic, Minister of Education an sport in Slovenia, MEP Bogdan Wenta, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy General Secretary of the Council of Europe, Harry Syvasalmi, Secretary General of the Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports.

A second seminar hosted by MEP Wenta and co organised by ESSA and EGBA clearly explained how betting operators make their odds and C. Segalen from ARJEL, French regulator, explained how the cooperation between countries has improved the fight against corruption and fixing since the creation of the Group of Copenhagen in 2016.

Life of the Association

31 May 2018

EPMA General Assembly returns to Stockholm, 10 years after

25 participants (17 Totes) elected the Board for a 3 year mandate:

Harald Dorum - Norsk Rikstoto – EPMA Chairman
Aymeric Verlet – PMU - EPMA Vice Chairman
Hans Skarploth - ATG
Sami Kauhanen – Veikkaus
Phil Siers - Totepool
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet – LoRo
Camilla C. Garmann - Norsk Rikstoto - EPMA Treasurer

EPMA welcomes a new member: Hungarian Racehorse Betting Ltd

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