European Casino Association unveils new board structure

13 February 2020

The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced a series of changes to its board, as well as naming the Czech Casino Association as its latest member.

Approved at the ECA’s first General Assembly of the year, which was held at ICE London last week, the restructure will see a number of new individuals added to the ECA board.

Bettina Glatz-Kremsner from Casinos Austria and Jari Heino from Veikkaus will join the board to represent Austria and Finland, respectively. Pascal Camia from Société des Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo was also named as vice chairman of the ECA.

The restructure comes after the ECA last month confirmed that Dietmar Hoscher had resigned as vice-chairman, while Tracy Damestani also recently left her role as vice-chair. The new board structure will remain in place until at least the 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,” ECA chairman Per Jaldung said.

Meanwhile, the ECA General Assembly last week also approved the membership application of the Czech Casino Association. The organisation operates on the basis of contributions from its members and has eight permanent and affiliated members operator.

In addition, the ECA has awarded certifications based on its Responsible Gambling Framework to a number of its members.

Certifications were awarded to Casino Société de Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo, Westdeutsche Spielbanken and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, both in Germany, while Grand Casino Beograd in Serbia renewed its certificate.

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