ECA confirms new board structure and welcomes new member


The ECA approved a new structure for its board, along with a new member, the Czech Casino Association, at ICE London this February, while the trade association has also issued three more certificates for Responsible Gambling.


At its first General Assembly of the year, taking place at ICE London on 4 February, members of the European Casino Association (ECA) approved a new structure for its Board of Directors.

The reorganised structure will remain in place until the trade association’s next general elections in February 2021.

“The new board, approved by the Assembly, is now ready to work hard to promote the interests of our members and strengthen the voice of the European licensed land-based casino industry,” said ECA chairman, Per Jaldung.

The decision was taken following Tracy Damestani’s and Dietmar Hoscher’s resignations, and unanimously approved by the Assembly. Bettina Glatz-Kremsner from Casinos Austria and Jari Heino from Veikkaus are the new board members, respectively representing Austria and Finland, while Pascal Camia from Société des Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo was named as vice chairman.

A further highlight at the General Assembly was the approval of the Czech Casino Association’s membership application, after the body passed the ECA’s strict membership requirements and signed up to its code of conduct.

The Czech Casino Association operates exclusively on the basis of contributions from its members and has eight permanent and affiliated member operators.

“We welcome our new member, the Czech Casino Association, which confirms the relevance of the ECA internationally,” Jaldung added.

Meanwhile, the ECA has released three new certifications according to the ECA Responsible Gambling Framework to Casino Société de Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo, Westdeutsche Spielbanken and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, while Grand Casino Beograd renewed the certificate.

The association affirms the framework is of “utmost importance” to set an industry standard for the effective management of Responsible Gambling in areas ranging from awareness-raising and employee training to marketing and stakeholder engagement.

The ECA Responsible Gaming Framework has been developed with input and leadership of eminent researchers in the field of gambling addiction over several years.

“We are also delighted that our members commit to the responsible gambling framework, indicating a general willingness to multiply efforts in this direction. We now look forward to working together this year and strengthening the land-based casino industry even further,” Jaldung concluded.