Hansjörg Höltkemeier, the President of the European Lotteries, commented on the appointment: “We are very pleased to have a recognised expert such as Arjan to fill this role. His sector experience is unmatched, he knows our Association and our members. He is already familiar with our team and our renewed strategy. I am confident that he will be the key driver to reach our targets and to support our sector in challenging times”. “I am very honoured to have been appointed for this role. The European Lotteries Association stands before an important crossroads – stakeholders and the general public are changing their attitudes towards gambling, players and games are more than ever technology-driven, regulators are shifting their paradigms. Within the European Lotteries Association, members and suppliers are also getting new roles and responsibilities. Creating value for our members and important stakeholders such as players in the different countries, members, suppliers and regulators will be an important task in my new role”, says Arjan van ‘t Veer.
Commenting on the kick-off of the ASPIRE project, EL President, Hansjörg Höltkemeier noted: “Commitment to society has always been a cornerstone of our model. As European Lotteries, we are deeply concerned by the current refugees’ crisis and we believe that sport and play activities constitute an excellent tool for the social integration, empowerment and trauma relief of refugees. We are positive that the ASPIRE project will have a lasting societal impact and EL is looking forward to be actively involved in this significant initiative.”
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Excerpt from Sarah Harrison speech - The Edelman trust barometer tracks public trust in business, governments, NGOs and the media. The 2017 survey reveals that trust is in crisis around the world. As with any business sector, the gambling industry’s longer-term sustainability is hugely reliant on trust - a recognition that customers using products and services are valued, respected and treated fairly. Respect in this context, manifests itself in a number of ways: how operators write and present terms and conditions, how they handle complaints, how they act towards consumers who are vulnerable and so on .….. Building consumer trust and confidence are key themes for the Commission, as we develop our forward strategy over the coming year we are fortunate in that we have a strong basis of the licensing objectives on which to build – keeping gambling safe, fair and free from crime.
New European Parliament Report on Sports Policy Highlights the Contribution of Lotteries to Grassroots Sport EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier notes: “We are pleased that once again the significance of the lotteries for grassroots sport has been recognised and applauded by the EU institutions. It is vital that this sustainable contribution is further safeguarded. It is also very positive that the report recognises the significance of the Council of Europe Convention which is definitely the most elaborate tool against match-fixing. We therefore fully support the MEPs in their call for a timely full implementation and ratification of the Convention”.
OPAP Group announces new strategic technology partnerships Commenting on these strategic partnerships"> OPAP Chief Executive Officer, Damian Cope, stated: “Leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities is one of OPAP’s stated Strategic Priorities within our 2020 Vision. Our selection of these key partners demonstrates our clear focus on working with the industry’s leading providers of modern gaming technology, whilst also allowing OPAP an element of control and flexibility over the fast-moving digital world.
“Sales over mobile phones are growing strongly and increased by 57% in 2016, which reflects the customers’ appreciation of the gaming experience we provide. Among the products, Eurojackpot stands out with net gaming revenues of nearly SEK 400 million in 2016, an increase of 34%. Full-year earnings reached SEK 4,866 million. We are concluding full-year 2016 with an adequate profit in tough competition at the same time that we show that it is possible to combine growth with responsible gaming,” says Lennart Käll, President and CEO.
The WLA will continue to track the progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. Once again we thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look forward to bringing you the final quarter 2016 results shortly. Philip Springuel WLA Executive Director