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good causes, humanity, and entertainment.

The design of the symbol also refers to the

letter V in the name Veikkaus.

Finland Veikkaus:

Olli Sarekoski Appointed CEO

of the New Gaming Company

Mr Sarekoski has been working for Veik-

kaus in several different positions, so he is

thoroughly familiar with the changes in the

gaming industry, together with the needs for

development in the Finnish gaming system.

The gaming company to be launched at the

beginning of next year will need to earn its

position among Finns from the very begin-

ning. The company will be operating on a

market that is subject to digital competition.

We will need to be able to respond to that

competition in a responsible manner in all

respects. The new Veikkaus will be support-

ing the wellbeing of all Finns, including

equine industry, in a broad-ranging sense.

Further information: Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo,

Chairman of the Board of FRV Evo Oy,

requests for interviews via Communica-

tions Manager Anna-Maria Halle, tel. +358

40 821 3406.

Norway: Åsne Havnelid Appointed

New CEO of Norsk Tipping

Ms. Havnelid comes from the position as

Secretary General of the Norwegian Red

Cross. She has a broad background and

extensive experience from central positions

within business, sports and the humanitarian

sector. Before joining the Red Cross in 2011,

Ms. Havnelid has held several leading posi-

tions in Norwegian sports and businesses.

Amongst them are positions as CEO of the

Nordic Ski World Championship in 2011,

Deputy Head of Olympiatoppen, Head of

Toppidrettssenteret, as well as leading posi-

tions within Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).

“I am very glad and excited, but also humble

to have been given this opportunity. Norsk

Tipping is a vital contributor to Norwegian

society. I look forward to lead Norsk Tippings

task of developing and offering attractive games

within a framework of responsible gaming.

The company ensures funding for a broad

range of sports-, culture- and humanitarian

organizations in Norway,”

states Havnelid.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the

company and the industry. But most of all I am

looking forward to meeting my new colleagues

at Norsk Tipping. However, I also have to say

that it will not be easy to leave the Red Cross,

an important humanitarian organization,

both in Norway and internationally.”


Havnelid will begin in her new position this

autumn. The exact date will be confirmed at

a later stage. For further information, please

contact Åsne Havnelid, 419 00 370 Linda

Bernander Silseth, Chairman of the Norsk

Tipping Board 907 35 979 Bjørn Maaseide,

Dep. chairman of the Norsk Tipping Board

996 39 000.

Limit on German Sports Betting

Licenses is Lifted

A German court has ruled that a treaty- im-

posed limit on the number of sports betting

licenses is illegal, thereby opening the market

to the rest of the European Union (EU).

The 5th Chamber of the Administrative

Court of Wiesbaden held that a cap of 20

sports betting licenses imposed by a treaty

was unlawful. The Treaty for European

Union (TFEU) has primacy over state and

federal laws in EU member nations, includ-

ing Germany. National or regional parlia-

ments that pass laws in conflict with the

TFEU are legally unable to enforce them.

The Court of Justice of the European Union

(CJEU) has ruled that operators cannot be

penalized for violating national laws that are

inconsistent with the TFEU. Since the Ger-

man Interstate Treaty is no longer enforce-

able, and there are no other laws governing

sports betting, operators licensed in other

EU member states can now offer services to

German customers.

The gambling industry thinks a federal solu-

tion is needed.

The most prominent industry lobbying

group is the German Association of Tele-

communications and Media. Its most influ-

ential member is partly state-owned telecom

company Deutsche Telekom (DT).

DT has an online gaming platform; it

was one of the original applicants judged

to be suitable for a sports betting license.

DT wants the federal government to inter-

vene, arguing that there is little chance of

the 16 separate Länder agreeing to changes

that will produce measures acceptable un-

der EU treaties.

“The exodus of investment and sales abroad

and the resulting loss of tax revenue in the bil-

lions can be avoided by creating legal certainty

for the industry and consumers,”

the DVTM

said in a statement.

“Only a liberalised,

regulated market can protect the youth, data

and consumer, expand addiction-fighting

measures and keep the real ‘black sheep’ out of

the industry.”

Novomatic to Buy 53% Stake

in Ainsworth Game Technology

Novomatic Buys Tatts Group

UK Slots Business

Australian gambling operator Tatts Group

announced the sale of its UK-based slots

subsidiary Talarius to Austrian gaming

equipment manufacturer Novomatic for the

amount of A$210 million.

Novomatic Lottery Solutions

(NLS) Partners with Safran

to Supply Terminals

for the Catalonia Lottery in Spain

Partnering with Novomatic Lottery Solu-

tions (NLS), Safran Identity & Security has

delivered 2,500 S8 lottery terminals to the

Catalonia Lottery in Spain. Miriam Lind-

horst, CEO de NLS, the Catalonia Lottery


“The NLS system is a state of the art

solution utilizing the most modern technologies

in the industry. It was important to us that this

was the case end to end.”

Friedrich Stickler,

a long-standing

member of the Board of Österreichische Lot-

terien GmbH and six years as President of

the European Lotteries association, became