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The European Casino Association announces appointment of Erwin van Lambaart as the new ECA Chairman

London/Brussels, February 7, 2023 | During the ECA General Assembly, held today at ICE London 2023, the ECA Board of the European Casino Association announced that after eight successful years, Per Jaldung has stepped down as Chairman of the association, and by unanimous member approval, Erwin van Lambaart has been appointed his successor.

Gaming Legislation in Austria, Bulgaria and Germany Update


Gambling, casinos, and lotteries in Austria are regulated by the Law on Games of Chance and are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, which is also the supervising authority. The Finanzamt Österreich (Tax Office Austria) is the regulator that governs the games of chance that fall within the scope of the federal monopoly on games of chance as defined in the Gaming Act. As a courtesy, the betting act which is in force in some federal states dates back to 1919.

Hotels in Ukraine Granted Permits for Operating Casinos

One of the European countries where casinos and other gambling organizations were not allowed to operate was none other than Ukraine. For more than a decade, people in Ukraine didn’t have a casino or any other land-based gambling center they could visit. This started in 2009 when a fire broke out in one off the gambling halls in Dnipropetrovsk and ended up killing nine people.

Gaming Legislation Spain Germany and France

Update Report on Gaming Legislation in Spain, Germany and France By: Marko Tomic, Partner, Law Firm Anđelović, Siketić & Tomić d.o.o. Zagreb


Gambling in Spain is regulated under a Gambling Act which entered into force in 2011 and to this date underwent more than a few amendments with new ones in the horizon for 2021. Private operation of games other than lotteries (still a monopoly) was authorized upon implementation and development of the Gambling Act.

Simon Thomas Chairman Hippodrome Guest Comment Casino Life September 2020

The irony of closing the Hippodrome, very nearly re-opening and then finally welcoming customers through the door, is that it might have done us the power of good. In the longer term.

Most certainly it’s going to be tough while people slowly re-remerge from their bunkers and visit places other than their local supermarket and the nearby pub.

But lockdown has taught The Hippodrome a great deal.

Brigid Simmonds BGC Chairman Guest Comment Casino Life September 2020

2020 is a year which will be remembered forever. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives in ways which would have been unimaginable 12 months ago.

In the same way, it has proven enormously challenging for the betting and gaming industry. Like the rest of the country, the UK’s casinos and betting shops closed their doors in March as part of the national effort to slow the spread of the virus.