MGA: diverse perspectives crucial in shaping robust & inclusive policies

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The Malta Gaming Authority has stressed a commitment to utilising “the power of data” to drive innovation and responsible gambling practices following the latest gathering of the Gaming Regulators European Forum.

Furthermore, the regulator has also stressed that the “diverse perspectives” of fellow entities across the continent are “crucial” in shaping future “robust and inclusive policies”.

After René Jansen, Chair of Kansspelautoriteit, reflected on his participation earlier in the week, the MGA has hailed a “pivotal platform” in fostering engagement, discussion and knowledge sharing regarding the latest trends and challenges facing European regulators.

Kinga Warda, Chief Officer for Policy & International Affairs at the MGA, a GREF board member, commented: “The exchange of ideas and insights during the conference reinforced the importance of collaboration in further strengthening a responsible and enjoyable environment whilst protecting the interest and well-being of individuals.

“The diverse perspectives of our fellow regulators are crucial in the process of shaping robust and inclusive policies. By embracing these varied viewpoints and collaborating effectively, we can collectively address the evolving landscape of the gaming industry and ensure its long-term sustainability”.

Joining Warda at the event, held in Bergen, Norway, between June 5-7, were the MGA’s Martina Cilia, Senior Legal Counsel, and Peter Spiteri, Chief Officer for Finance & Business Transformation.

The latter, who is also the Co-Chair of the GREF’s InfoStat Working Group, spoke of current work and future ambitions following the latest GREF get together.

“The InfoStat working group serves as a crucial platform for regulators to discuss how to leverage data to improve gambling policies and decision-making processes,” he said.

“As the chair of the Infostat group, I am committed to harnessing the power of data to foster innovation and responsible gambling practices”.

Reflecting on his own participation, Jansen enhanced the calls for international regulatory cooperation, in addition to reflecting on four key trends emanating from Europe’s online gambling space.

These include a “clear movement” for enhanced player protections and prevention of excessive behaviour, reduction in gambling advertising and sponsorship was cited, importance of “firm enforcement” and impacts of new technological and market developments.