René Jansen, Chairman of the Dutch Gaming Authority, Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa), has been appointed Chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF).
Vice-Chairman of GREF since May 2019, Jansen replaces Jorn Starck, Executive Director of the Alderney Gaming Control Commission. It is customary for the GREF chairmanship to last two years.
With 41 members from 34 jurisdictions, GREF is the European association of gambling regulators, with the body exchanging information and experiences in settings such as thematic working groups.
While laws and regulations concerning games of chance vary from country to country, Jansen believes that cooperation across borders is of great importance.
“Protecting consumers, preventing gambling addiction and combating illegality and crime are of paramount importance to all regulators,” said Jansen. “We learn from each other by exchanging experiences. We are largely confronted with the same issues.
“Online games of chance will be legalized and regulated in the Netherlands this year,” added Jansen. “Other countries preceded us in this; it makes no sense to reinvent the wheel everywhere. We can learn from the experiences of others. It is also important to work together in tackling illegal online games of chance.”
An independent administrative body, KSA is the regulator of the Dutch games of chance market.