ECA confirms new board structure, member and RG certifications

European Casino Association has confirmed three significant developments with a new board structure, three certificates for responsible gambling issued and a new member in the Czech Casino Association welcomed. 

Confirmed at the first general assembly of the year, held recently at ICE London, ECA members approved a new structure that is to remain in place until February 2021.

With a shake-up necessary following the resignations of Tracy Damestani and Dietmar Hoscher, Bettina Glatz-Kremsner from Casinos Austria and Jari Heino from Veikkaus are new board members representing Austria and Finland, with Pascal Camia from Société des Bains de Mer Monte Carlo approved as new vice chairman.

The Czech Casino Association has also been given the green-light after passing stringent membership requirements and signing up to the association’s code of conduct. 

Furthermore, three new certifications have also been released according to the ECA Responsible Gambling Framework to Casino Société de Bains de Mer Monte Carlo, Westdeutsche Spielbanken and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, with Grand Casino Beograd renewing.

The framework strives to set an industry standard for the effective management of responsible gambling, in areas ranging from awareness-raising and employee training to marketing and stakeholder engagement. 

The ECA responsible gaming framework has been developed with input and leadership of a variety of researchers in the field of gambling addiction over several years.

Per Jaldung, ECA Chairman, explained: “The new board, approved by the assembly, is now ready to work hard to promote the interests of our members and strengthen the voice of the European licensed land-based casino industry. 

“We welcome our new member, the Czech Casino Association, which confirms the relevance of the ECA internationally. We are also delighted that our members commit to the responsible gambling framework, indicating a general willingness to multiply efforts in this direction. We now look forward to working together this year and strengthening the land-based casino industry even further.”