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European Council offers support to Albania’s gambling ban

Niji Narayan

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Officials of the European Council have extended support to the decision of the Albanian government to shut down betting shops and casinos and ban sports betting in the country. It was last week that the Albanian parliament passed the law to this effect.

The ban will come into force in 2019. The new law will make all slot machine parlours, betting shops and other forms of sports betting including online sites close before the start of 2019.

Christos Giakoumopoulos, General Director for Human Rights and Rule of Law, said that the decision from the parliament also helps the prevention of money laundering. “The extreme measures that were taken this year are welcome,” Giakoumopoulos said.

The EC official also added that the European Council mechanism Moneyval is currently monitoring the performance of local institutions for money laundering and that a report will be published soon.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina in focus at CEEGC2019 Budapest with Luka Popović (BDK Advokati) and Zlatan Omerspahić (NSoft)

Zoltan Tundik

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The Balkan Gaming Industry Briefing will be joined by two leading company’s representatives from the Balkan region at the 4th edition of the CEE Gaming Conference.

 

As announced earlier, the 4th edition Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will feature a dedicated Balkan Gaming Industry Briefing which will highlight some of the latest developments in the region with an emphasis on Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe Ewens, Managing Editor at GamblingCompliance, and will be joined by the recently announced experts in the region, Luka Popović (BDK Advokati) and Zlatan Omerspahić (NSoft).

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

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You can view the bios of the two experts below:

About Luka Popović – Partner at BDK Advokati

Luka is a partner in the leading regional law firm BDK Advokati (with offices in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina). He is a member of the Montenegrin Bar Association and was on the list of arbitrators of the Arbitration Board for the Resolution of Consumer Disputes at the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro.

Luka has been managing BDK Advokati’s Montenegrin operations since 2013. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s Montenegrin work and maintains special industry focus on gaming and hospitality. Luka is the head of the firm’s gaming practice.

IFLR1000 recognizes Luka as a highly regarded lawyer, Legal 500 regards him as a leading individual in the legal market, and Chambers & Partners ranks him as a top-tier lawyer in Montenegro.

 

About Zlatan Omerspahić – Data Protection Officer at NSoft Company

Zlatan Omerspahić has a Ph.D. in Commercial law, Corporate governance, Contract law, Regulatory issues and is currently serving the role of Data Protection Officer at NSoft.

He has graduated the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica and has held several compliance-related roles at Sberbank and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank.

He is responsible, loyal, dedicated and eager to learn about innovative things.

In 2019, Zlatan has been shortlisted at the Global Regulatory Awards 2019 in the category: Data Protection Officer or Team of the year.

Make sure that you are among the delegates of CEEGC Budapest this year for a new and engaging format that is going to increase the engagement and interaction of the attending delegates.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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Joe Ewens (GamblingCompliance) to moderate the Balkan Gaming Industry Briefing at CEEGC 2019 Budapest

Zoltan Tundik

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The Balkan Gaming Industry Briefing returns to Budapest.

There are quite a few changes in the Balkans when it comes to the gaming industry and one of the greatest opportunities which can be materialized by the regulated jurisdictions is the closing of the Albanian market.

It happened a couple of months ago when the Albanian authorities in Tirana banned all gambling activities except the ones in five-star hotels outside urban areas. This leads to some major relocations to Montenegro and Serbia by large gaming operators that have been active in the jurisdiction.

Albania is not the only country in the Western Balkans to take a stand against gambling. In neighboring Kosovo, the parliament also approved draft legislation introducing a complete ban on gambling for the next ten years.

While these tensions are not benefiting the industry in Albania, if we have a look at the other jurisdictions such as Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, we will be surprised to see that there is yearly growth.

At the 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference which will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, we are bringing back a compliance-related panel discussion which focuses exclusively on the Balkans.

Such a complex panel discussion deserves professional industry insights when it comes to moderating and who would be better to take on this role than Joe Ewens, Managing Editor at GamblingCompliance.

About Joe Ewens
Joe Ewens is the Managing Editor of GamblingCompliance, where he oversees the company’s daily output of news and analysis on the gambling market and its constantly developing regulatory challenges. Joe has been writing about aspects of the European gaming industry since 2008. Prior to his current role, he was the Editor of Coinslot, the historic trade paper for the UK’s machine gaming and amusements industries.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website here: www.ceegc.eu

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NSoft has integrated Merkur Gaming’s casino games onto Balkan Bet’s web

George Miller

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NSoft has integrated Merkur Gaming's casino games onto Balkan Bet's web
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NSoft, an award-winning internationally recognized software solutions provider for the betting industry, has integrated Merkur Gaming casino games onto Balkan Bet`s web. NSoft provides full web solution for the Serbian client that now has extended its offer to exciting casino games as well.

“The process of integration has been performed smoothly and we have had great communication, both with Balkan Bet and Merkur Gaming teams while working on this project. Everything was done very professionally and on time,” commented Ivan Rozić, SVP of Sales & Marketing from NSoft.

NSoft betting solutions for web and support infrastructure foresees easy to manage integration requests from the clients. The overall business set-up is client-oriented which ensures NSoft’s agility to easily handle clients` requests.

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