EUROPEAN GAMING CONGRESS 2018

16 October, 2018 – Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana

Preliminary Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 – Registration (badge & lanyard pickup) and networking

9:30 – 10:30 – Focus on Slovenia and Croatia (panel discussion)

Already confirmed speakers: Dimitrij Piciga (Diogen), Hrvoje Vincetic (Casino Adriatic), Borut Lozej (GameArt)

Moderator: Jaka Repansek (Republis)

10:30 – 11:00 – Networking break

11:00 – 12:00 – Highlighting the Balkans and Southeast Europe (panel discussion)

Focus on Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Already confirmed speakers: Zoran Puhač (European Organization for Gaming Law -EOGL), Tatjana Scepanovic (Montenegro Bet), Zlatan Omerspahic (NSoft), Luka Popović (BDK Advokati)

Moderator: Donata Szabo (GamblingCompliance)

12:00 – 13:00 – Market updates from Mediterranean Europe (panel discussion)

Focus on France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta

Already confirmed speakers: Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners), Olga Finkel (WH Partners), Eduardo Morales-Hermo (iGamingCo & Ficom Leisure), Martin Stofler (OSM Solutions)

Moderator: Richard Leather (GamblingCompliance)

13:00 – 14:00 – Complimentary Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 – Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML / CFT / KYC (panel discussion)

Already confirmed speakers: Dr. Manfred Galdes (ARQ Group)

Moderator: Bogdan Coman (Rombet)

15:00 – 16:00 – DACH Regional Update (Austria, Germany) (panel discussion)

Already confirmed speakers: Helmut Kafka (Automatenverband), Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. (Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG), Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE)

Moderator: Dr. Joerg Hofmann (MELCHERS Law)

16:00 – 16:30 – Networking break

16:30 – 17:30 – IMGL MasterClass™ – Advertising for gambling – a new minefield for operators (panel discussion)

This August, the Italian government has published its Dignity Decree, the official law that bans all forms of gambling advertisements, in the country’s Official Gazette. This is a mandatory requirement after its successful passage in the government. The gambling-related matters in the decree are mostly related to advertising, the distribution of slot machines around the country, and measures for reducing gambling addiction among Italian consumers of both land-based and online gambling products.

According to industry stakeholders, the new regime would not help Italy reduce the number of gambling addicts and people with problem gambling behaviour, but would rather have a counterproductive effect that would result in the growth of the black market.

Such is the case in the UK as well, where the UK’s Gambling Commission has also released a new set of updated rules regarding advertising, which are more stringent and tougher than the older set of rules. The new rules are set to come into effect from October 31 this year. The new rules empower the commission to sanction operators who break advertising rules and even impose fines.

Gambling companies will also face action for advertising failings by third-party affiliates, while the commission can also punish operators that send “spam” marketing emails or texts.

The IMGL Masterclass will focus on bringing the lastest information about responsibility as well as liability for different advertising channels. The panel discussion is highly awaited and it’s a must attend for operators. Given the fact that for example, operators were fined for advertising conducted by their affiliates, great caution is required. The total ban by Italy bears the risk to set an example for other jurisdictions. Which solutions can be found for the gambling industry to avoid high risks and excessive restrictions on advertising? Make sure you attend this MasterClass in Ljubljana.

Already confirmed speakers: Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners), Chris Elliott (Wiggin), Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE)

More speakers to be announced soon.

Moderator: Dr. Joerg Hofmann (MELCHERS Law)

21:00 – Late Night – Official Networking Party

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