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Latvian initiative roots for a ban on gambling halls

Niji Ng

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Latvian initiative roots for a ban on gambling halls
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A new initiative of New Conservative Party’s (JKP) that advocates a ban on gambling halls in Latvia is gaining initiatives.

The initiative specifically demands ban on gambling halls in the whole territory, except for luxury-class hotels. It calls for amendments to the Gambling Law.

The plan published by the new initiative terms the gambling situation in Latvia is critical and amendments should be adopted immediately. However, the plan offers for a five-year transition period.

The initiative provides clear-cut stats: € 99 million were lost by gamblers in the gambling halls, € 7 million in land-based casinos at gaming tables, € 18 million in online casinos.

However, some quarters also warn of the consequences of closing down gambling halls: the ban of land-based gambling could lead to mushrooming online gambling websites, which poses a different set of problems.

Niji 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. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania) to speak at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2

Zoltan Tundik

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Leading industry expert responsible for designing the national gambling policy in Lithuania through legislation for more than 17 years, set to join the “Gambling Industry in Lithuania” (Compliance Panel Discussion) at the second edition of the most important gambling industry conference in the Baltic and Scandinavian region.

We are honoured to announce that Ms Lolita Sumskaite will represent the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania at MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit 2019, which will take place on 9 May 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

Lolita Šumskaitė is working for the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and was responsible for designing the national gambling policy in Lithuania through legislation for more than 17 years. She was the main author of the first Law on Gambling, which was adopted in 2001. Lolita is a member of EC Expert Group of Gambling Services.

Since 2010, her responsibilities also include insurance – designing insurance policy through legislation and her main responsibility is to implement EU regulation into national legislation.

Starting 2013, she is responsible for anti-money laundering acts – following and participating in the negotiations in the EU Council on the text of Anti Money Laundering Directive, preparing LT positions. Lolita was Chair of the EU Council’s Working Party discussing fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive during LT Presidency of the EC.

MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the following this link.

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Early Bird Rate and Nominations expire in two weeks for the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards

Zoltan Tundik

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There are only two weeks to register at the Early Bird Rate for MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and save 100 EUR for your ticket(s).

The second edition of the conference will take place on 9 May 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and as announced earlier, the conference will include the inaugural edition of the BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards). The awards ceremony will celebrate the leading companies for their respective categories from the Baltics and Nordics.

You can find more details about the nominations and categories on the following link.

In terms of the content and networking, some of the leading industry experts from the region, which includes regulators, lawyers, gambling operators, and supplier representatives, will supply the continuous presentation.

Some of the leading names have already been added to the speakers lineup, which include Andrius Gabnys (Founder at Gabnys Law Firm) – Conference Ambassador, Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania),  Signe Birne (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia), Valts Nerets (Senior Associate, attorney-at-law at Sorainen), Viktorija Antanaviciute (Managing Director at TonyBet), Morten Ronde (CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling), Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager), Gustaf Hoffstedt (General Secretary at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm), Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner, MELCHERS LAW), Pieter Remmers (CEO, Assissa), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW, Zurich), and many more.

MARE BALTICUM 2 will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the following this link.

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Your Christmas Present from European Gaming Events is here, claim it now!

Zoltan Tundik

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We would like to wish all our partners and clients Happy Holidays and we look forward to working together in 2019 as well!

2018 has been a year of many changes for us, which has brought a significant growth in terms of visibility, brand awareness, customer care and expansion.

There is no doubt that both of the verticals in which we operate have recorded rise, however the events section has seen most of the action.

Here is a short video about the Year in review:

 

To top the holiday cheer, we are giving all event registrants a 20% discount during the Christmas and New Year’s period.

All you have to do is register for Prague Gaming Summit 3 or MARE BALTICUM 2 – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards (Vilnius) and apply the “santa2018” promo code.

The promotion is valid between: 20 December 2018 and 6 January 2019.

Register for Prague Gaming Summit here!

Register for MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit here!

Apart from the two main event organized by the team in Q1 and Q2, you can also Pre-Register for CEEGC 4 & CEEG Awards (Budapest – 24 September, 2019) and European Gaming Congress 2 (Milan – 22 October, 2019)

Once again Happy Holidays from the team at European Gaming Media and Events!

Signed by Betty, Zoltán, George, Vlad, Niji, Nikolas and Julia.

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