Svenska Spel welcomes new Swedish gambling inquiry

Svenska Spel welcomes new Swedish gambling inquiry

Friday, September 25, 2015
Lennart Käll wants his company to take a full part in the inquiry

Svenska Spel chief executive Lennart Käll has told TotallyGaming.com that he welcomes the Swedish government's new inquiry into the country’s gambling industry.

Sweden’s Minister of Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarabi, has made a u-turn by announcing a timeframe for the study and a pathway to a new gambling regime by 2018. Shekarabi first announced an inquiry last October, but in February 2015 suggested that changes were no longer on the government’s agenda.

Käll, head of the only legal land-based and online gambling operator in Sweden, believes the announcement that the inquiry will begin this autumn and report back by March 2017 is good news for the public and the sector.

“Svenska Spel welcomes the inquiry,” he said. “We look forward to new gaming laws that will create a level playing field for all operators.

“The current situation has been untenable for a long time which ultimately affects the consumers. We are pleased to find the need for a strong consumer protection and the problem of match fixing included in the instructions.”

Shekarabi says that the inquiry is to submit proposals for “a new gaming regulation that should aim to create a gaming market that is characterised by a high level of consumer protection, high security of the games and the clear potential to be acting in the market”.

"Harmful effects of gambling should be limited and that demand for online gambling should be channelled to the safe and controlled offerings, with the goal of not creating increased gambling,” Shekarabi said.

Shekarabi’s announcement comes after the European Commission began taking legal action against last year over claims that Sweden’s current online gaming monopoly is “imposing restrictions on the organisation and promotion of online betting services in a way which is inconsistent with EU law”.

Käll earlier this year told TotallyGaming.com that he would like to see Swedish authorities apply existing laws to punish those companies that are illegally promoting their services ahead of the introduction of a regulated market.

Following Shekarabi’s announcement, Käll said that Svenska Spel is hoping to play a full role within the inquiry.

Käll said: “As a state-owned company we have a close dialogue with the government. We also expect to be included in the reference group of stakeholders to be set up in order to support the inquiry.”
 

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