European Gaming and Betting Assoc. Appoints Maarten Haijer

Published Saturday, April 06, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com

The European Gaming and Betting Association has replaced outgoing Sigrid Ligné as the Secretary General with noted individual Maarten Haijer. Since its formation, EGBA has championed the role of industry self-regulation both to develop a consistent approach throughout Europe and to stay ahead of legal and regulatory evolutions.

Dutch national Maarten Haijer was previously director of regulatory affairs at EGBA and responsible for representing the interests of the EGBA members in the growing number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives for the online gambling sector. Before joining the EGBA, Maarten worked as the internal market and consumer protection counsellor at the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU, where he negotiated several proposals for EU harmonisation. Prior to that, he dealt with EU and WTO trade issues at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Former Secretary-General Sigrid Ligné commented on the appointment, "I have had the privilege to lead the EGBA at a time of significant progress in the EU debate on online gambling. I am pleased to note that the EU institutions and other stakeholders are now engaged in a constructive exchange on how smart regulatory design can achieve our common goals. By appointing Maarten Haijer to take up the baton in the continuing efforts to persuade policymakers of the merits of market-based solutions, the EGBA can be sure that its cause is in excellent hands".

Maarten Haijer also responded, "It was a pleasure to work with Sigrid for many years and I wish her all the best. I am honoured by the appointment as secretary general of EGBA and the confidence EGBA members have shown in me. I am fully aware of the challenging job ahead of us in creating a uniformly safe environment for the playing public, and in obtaining equitable treatment for EU-based operators. EGBA is firmly committed to work together with the EU institutions and Member States to achieve both of these goals. Where discriminatory national rules persist, we rely on the Commission as guardian of the treaties to keep its word and refer Member States to the Court of Justice of the EU."

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