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Romanian Bookmakers – report from the front line of professional representation

In the following period of time, Romanian Bookmakers shall initiate important debates with the authorities on the most current challenges and needs of the gambling market!

 

Obviously, the legislation dedicated to gambling continues to be perfectible in certain aspects. For example, regu­lation is still required so that, upon the authority’s adoption of a measure which shall lead to the temporary or definitive cease of the operator’s activity, the ONJN (National Office for Gambling) summons the operator’s represen­tatives as to allow the just possibility of expressing a point of view. Another need would be that of clearly correlating sanctions disposed as a result of ONJN inspections for the acknowledged legal violations.

GEO 77/2009 and the norms associated to it currently offer, however, a coherent regulation framework, the effect being that the gambling industry is more and more stable and organized. Under these circumstances, the current industry challenges more frequently originate from other areas. These are what the Romanian Bookmakers – The Patronage of Betting Organizers in Romania are focusing on, in their effort in determining the achievement of certain objective which are undoubtedly necessary for profile operators.

 

The General Data Protection Regulation – the need to elaborate an industry code of ethics

Undoubtedly, the trickiest issue with which the gambling operators are currently confronted is the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPRR) this month. Romanian Bookmakers has conducted a series of relevant consultations on this matter lately, both with representatives of the targeted companies, as well as with those of other professional organizations in the field.

As such, it came down to the conclusion that the field’s specificity imposes the elaboration of a code of ethics within the application of the GDPR. This is actually invoked within the Regulation (Art. 40, but also under different other areas of the new regulation framework) and may have a determining role in several areas. Specifically, GDPR encourages the elaboration of code of ethics which are specific and associated to each field of activity, exactly with the purpose of facilitating and simplifying the implementation of new provisions for commercial actors in the respective field. The code of ethics shall therefore, primarily, have the role of clarifying, for the operator, the manner in which to achieve compliance with regulations provisions.

Furthermore, and perhaps even more important, it shall represent the incredibly useful work document based on which the state authority, in this case the National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing (ANSPDCP (RO)), shall fulfil its functions in relation with the commercial agent in a more efficient manner. Here, we especially refer to the mission of resolving complaints, monitoring and control.

This assessment of the code of ethics’ utility as operator/authority interface has lead to the conclusions that initiating its drafting is imperative. Romanian Bookmakers shall undertake this action in collaboration with other professional associations within the industry, following that it propose ANSPDCP a draft until the end of August 2018.

After having received approval for the code from the relevant authority, the companies shall be invited to adhere to this document, following that compliance, implementation of the Regulation and each member’s relation with the ANSPDCP to be conducted according to the code of ethics.

”We shall initiate a consultation with the ONJN and ANSPDCP representative. However, we have yet to have contact with the National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing, but we are convinced that we shall find a constructive approach there both with regards to elaborating the code of ethics and with regards to other aspects which must be clarified and harmonized with the purpose of implementing GDPR. We wish that the relevant authority actually contribute and to support us in elaborating this document. This collaboration is absolutely necessary, if we take into consideration the Regulation’s complexity and the multiple aspects it reaches and claims”, described Doru Gheorghiu, executive director at Romanian Bookmakers, which is to be undertaken by the organization he represents.

 

ONJN shall exert its supervisory and control functions on the new regulations regarding the fight against money-laundering, as well!

It should be noted that the draft law on preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing comes with extremely drastic regulations for gambling operators. The good news could come from Romanian Bookmakers, by means of obtaining and exemption of sports betting, both conventional and remote, from these provisions. The Patronage of Betting Organizers in Romania continue to conduct, based on solid arguments, the necessary actions as to obtain this exemption, approach, for that matter, encouraged by EC Directive 849/2015. “In our assessment, the transposition of the Directive in national legislation shall be conducted toward the end of this year. In March 2018, the National Office for Preventing and Combating Money-Laundering made public a new version of the draft law in question, following that, soon, it enter undergo parliamentary procedure”, explains Doru Gheorghiu, executive director of Romanian Bookmakers.

Distinct from the procedure for obtaining the exemption of sports betting operation from the regulation of the future law, the Patronage of Betting Organizers in Romania shall initiate a dialogue with ONJN, given that implementing the provisions under this draft law, as well as the supervision and monitoring, are specified as work attributions of the Office. In other words, the gambling operators, identified as reporting entities within the draft for the amendment of Law no. 656/2002, shall still report to the state authority destined for the gambling industry with regards to compliance with the new regulations.

As such, a consultation with ONJN on this future law is absolutely necessary, consultation which the Romanian Bookmakers shall initiate and support.

 

Romanian Bookmakers has been actively involved in obtaining a modern, non-discriminatory legal framework, harmonized with the European norms and principles. The Patronage’s approach has evolved from reactive, aiming the cancellation or mitigation of the negative effects of certain draft laws launched without prior consultation of the industry representatives, to proactive, respectively, improvement of the already implemented legislation. However, our efforts must be focused more and more toward the inside of the industry, as to increase the degree of awareness,  compliance and social implication of the organizers. We still have a long way to go to reach a fundamental change of the public opinion’s perception, that of the political class and of the governors with regards to the economic activity that we conduct. But I strongly believe this is the right way to succeed in achieving the level of legislative and tax stability we all wish to have.

 

Liviu Popovici, President of the Romanian Bookmakers

 

Romanian Bookmakers, partner of IOC and Interpol in combating the manipulation of sports events

 

The Romanian Bookmakers continue to be the representation vector of Romania’s sports betting industry in the actions regarding combating the manipulation of sports events. The Patronage of Betting Organizers in Romania received a request, on behalf of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and Interpol, to present an opinion on this matter, respectively, the participation at Integrity in Sport Multi-Stakeholder Workshop.

Hosted by the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR (RO)) headquarters, the debate was part of a series of meetings that IOC and Interpol are organizing within the Global Capacity Building and Training Program, the purpose being that of helping as many countries as possible in addressing in a more and more efficient manner this criminal phenomenon with negative impact upon the sports activity.

The Bucharest Workshop benefited from the input of relevant speakers in the international effort of combating the “fixed” sports events phenomenon, respectively Interpol officers, IOC representatives or representatives of the European Council. Alongside them, representatives from COSR, the Romanian Football Federation, Sports Radar were also present, as well as representatives of relevant companies, representatives of Romanian Bookmakers.

“I am glad to have had the occasion of realizing that all vectors involved have a correct understanding of the betting operator’s position in this unwanted equation. As important is the conclusion that manipulating sports events does not invariably have as purpose obtaining gains form betting and that this scourge may have various other generating causes, such as, for example, a better sports classification”, stated Doru Gheorghiu, executive director at Romanian Bookmakers

For that matter, Romanian Bookmakers has been conducting a collaboration protocol with the Romanian Sports Federation since 2012, beyond the information exchange and warnings with regards to sports events, several common campaigns and programs for the promotion of integrity in sports being conducted.

 

Future lawyers are more and more interested in gambling

 

The Romanian branch of the European Law Students Association, ELSA Bu­cha­rest, often organizes conferences and seminars dedicated to the legislation applicable to the field of gambling, and Romanian Book­makers has become one of the organizations per­manently invited to hold lectures within these events.

The Patronage of Betting Organizers in Romania moderated a debate with the future lawyers and judges, within the conference ”Gaming Law: another type of game”, held at the Faculty of Law of Bucharest University.

The discussion held with the approximatively 50 students who were present focused on establishing the lawmaker’s relation to the gambling field. Therefore, the Romanian Bookmakers representatives analysed, together with those present, the effects manifested in countries in which governance had a restrictive approach to this field, but also the situations in which the approach was overly liberal. The formulation of the national legislation was considered by the future lawyers as an efficient position of the Romanian state in relation to the gambling industry.

Finally, many of those present showed interest in specializing in gambling after graduation.

 

Romanian Bookmakers – The Patronage of Betting Orga­nizers in Romania continues to be one of the most active professional organizations in Romania’s gambling industries, succeeding, over the past few years, in efficiently addressing the most important needs faced by this business sector.

Romanian Bookmakers is…

– a member of the Romanian General Union of Industrialists (UGIR (RO)), benefiting from the support of this patronage confederation, a reference for the national business envi­ronment in its actions, especially those aiming at formulating or amending legislation

– founding member of the Responsible Game Association, position from which it developed, supports and conducts, alongside partner organizations, the most important program for the prevention and treatment of addictive manifestations generated by gambling

– sole signatory on behalf of the gambling industry of the protocol with the Romanian Football Federation on information exchange and warnings with regards to sports events manipulation

Editorial – Here you can find everything about gambling!

by INSIDER

The May edition of our magazine comes with concerns in the business area regarding the future legislative framework and new ideas and trends in the operating area. As you well know by now, here you will find everything about gambling!

The Cover Story proposes a corollary of the actions undertaken lately by the Romanian Bookmakers – The Patronage of Betting Organizers in Romania, in their effort in determining the achievement of certain objectives which are undoubtedly necessary for profile operators.

Their concerns arise from the need to elaborate a new industry Code of Ethics in relation to the provisions under the General Data Protection Regulation, which shall enter into force this month, but also with regards to the new regulations regarding combating money-laundering. We invite you to find out about other stakes and activities that the Romanian Bookmakers undertake in the article dedicated to them.

One of the surprises within this number comes from Craiova, where a strong Romanian company which, in almost 20 years of activity, through seriousness, perseverance and skill, has succeeded in developing a successful business in the field of gambling. Their halls, KM Games, represent an important point of reference in the field of entertainment, which is pretty competitive in the area. Kamaryon, because it’s them we are referring to, started out from the idea of a few enthusiastic young people who wanted to make a better future for themselves, on their own, and who have now reached the point of decisively contributing to the future of others and to offer support to the community. I recommend that you carefully read this interesting interview with Karmen Ciorăscu, the company’s owner, as to see what their recipe for success is.

Also within this edition, we offer you an interview with the President of the National Office for Gambling (ONJN), Dan Iliovici. I have invited him to offer us a clearer picture of the gambling field’s situation and to offer us as much current information and information of interest for all actors on our market, as possible. If you read this interesting material, you will find out our industry’s most important figures and which are the ONJN’s concerns under Mister Iliovici’s mandate.

We propose a preview of the EAE’s 12th edition which will be held this year between 3-5 September at Romexpo Exhibition Centre, by holding an interview with Anton Vlad, the organizer of this exhibition, traditional in the gambling industry. The main new novelty in the 2018 edition is represented by the new hall within the exhibition centre, space which shall allow organizers to carry out an event of truly international proportions, starting with this year.

 

Adjacent to our specific entertainment area, we continue our series related to places where you can eat well in Bucharest. The well-known restaurant critic and gourmet, George Butunoiu, has recently arrived at one of the most beautiful trattoria restaurants in Bucharest – Il Villagio and Aqua Garden – a great restaurant of Militari neighbourhood, of the new Militari Residence neighbourhood, to be more precise. We invite you to find out what dishes he tasted and what he thought of the two locations described in this edition.

Council of Europe will assess the Romanian gambling industry from a money laundering standpoint!

Liaising permanently with the National Office for Prevention and Control of Money Laundering (Oficiul Național de Prevenire şi Combatere a Spălării Banilor) (ONPCSB), Romanian Bookmakers – the Romanian Bookmakers Association- is giving us the good news: it was accepted that Romania would comply with such approach as would allow for exemptions to the provisions of the new money laundering law. The next step to be taken by the relevant industry is to carry out a gambling risk assessment that would be included in the findings submitted to the European Commission. Thus, the chances for determining any such potential exceptions to the strict provisions of Directive 2015/549/EC will increase significantly.

 

The National Office for Prevention and Control of Money Laundering (ONPCSB) issued on 31 January the latest draft of the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Prevention and Control Bill. This purpose of this Bill is to transpose Directive 2015/549/EC, a European legislative act imposing drastic obligations on gambling operators, into the national law. Unfortunately, this latest draft of the domestic bill reiterates the provisions of the Directive, which, per the current wording of the provisions of Law 656/2002, apply to all the operators in the industry, not just the casinos. Thus, all the gambling operators are qualified as entities bound to report to the ONPCSB, so the obligations incumbent to them will be highly onerous. In addition to the minimum amount of the transaction underlying the application of the standard know-your-customer measures by the reporting entity being decreased from EUR 15,000 to EUR 10,000, the most disturbing provision in this Bill is:

Article 13, paragraph (2) The reporting entities provided under Article 5 letter d) (our note, the gambling operators) must apply the standard know-your-customer measures upon collecting the gains, depositing a spread, purchasing or exchanging the chips or where transactions are completed the minimum amount of which is the equivalent of EUR 2,000, irrespective of whether the transaction is comprised of one operation or several such operations that might appear connected. They must also have records for each and every transaction, by client and associate, respectively, which will indicate the identification data of same, so as to be able to prove the fulfilment of this obligation to the control authorities or the self-regulatory bodies.

These provisions are clearly compelling operators to put in consistent operating efforts which the Romanian Bookmakers’ reports submitted to ONPCSB assess have no bearing on the activity of the state authority controlling money laundering. These efforts are useless even with respect to gambling, either traditional or online, in the case of which such operation is almost impossible to orchestrate.

However, the possible exemption exists and can be derived from the text of Directive 2015/549, as well, which encourages the EU member states to tackle, in making said transposition, a money laundering risk assessment approach for various reporting entities. In brief, if these risks are distinct so should the severity of these actions. According to this line of reasoning, the novelty brought by the Romanian Bookmakers Association lies in that ONPCSB complied with the requests to consider the risk assessment approach. Thus, several states, including Romania, pointed out at European level that a differentiated risk-based approach on the fields aimed as reporting entities in transposing the Directive 2015/549/EC would be opportune. As a result, the assessment of the degree of money laundering risk for each and every state will be carried out by delegated Council of Europe experts and may be subsequently transposed into the law, subject to a series of exemptions, depending on the risk degree found. ”We are hoping this analysis will be completed in due time; due time means the time remaining until the enactment of the new money laundering control laws and until they produce their consequences on operators, respectively. Thus, based on the risk assessments, certain fields may be exempted, in full or in part, from the provisions related to the reporting entities. Fields means, within the purpose of the gambling industry, various types of gambling, and, from this perspective, we are already convinced that bets pose the lowest degree of risk from a money laundering standpoint”, concludes Doru Gheorghiu, Executive Director of Romanian Bookmakers.

Romanian Bookmakers further estimate that a risk assessment on the gambling industry only, by an independent auditor, would be extremely opportune. ”Such assessment would be very useful because it would accompany the Council of Europe’s report. Thus, the chances of certain sectors being exempted will be higher if such research reaches relevant findings. We are inviting all the professional organizations in the industry to join us in this endeavor because this research will focus on the entire industry and should cover it in its entirety. Furthermore, ONJN’s involvement is also very relevant in terms of opinion on the degree of risk, as a tutelary State authority for the gambling industry,” Gheorghiu added.

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A summer celebrated by work

by Insider

As always, for us summer is in business nothing else but an extension of the spring and a continuing training for what is to happen in the fall. Businesses do not have to ever stop, and the topic according to which we have to go over the summer and we will see afterwards what to do was, this year, successfully overcome by some operators, see the success of the Game World in Constanta, whom we had talked about in our last Casino Inside edition.

Another important example of a company that continues its expansion in Romania, regardless of the temperature outside, is Kajot, a Czech company.

This means that now, the Czech company is ready to also provide its customers online games. In the Cover Story article, we present you the latest news they will place on the Romanian market as well, both in land-based area and in the ​​online gambling area. Jan Sipovsky – Director Country Manager and Václav Klepáček – Account Manager will provide you with all the information you need.

PhD. Marius Pantea, in his capacity of the leader of the National Company of the Romanian Lottery for only a few months, has planned ambitious projects to transform this institution into a leading state-owned company, as it exists in almost all of EU countries. Please read right after the Cover Story, an interesting interview with the Managing Director of this institution, who will inform you on the present and future of the Romanian Lottery.

Romanian Bookmakers launches, in the pages of our magazine, a public call to the The National Office for the Prevention and Control of Money Laundering (NOPCML) to have a dialogue with the industry representatives regarding the draft legislation on Prevention and Control of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, which is about to be submitted to the Parliament by the institution mentioned above, which aims at the transposition of EU Directive 2015/849 in the national legislation, which according to Romanian Bookmakers and not only, threatens to generate high operational difficulties to the gambling operators.

Because the reopening of new competition seasons in the European football is close –national championships and European Cups, here is one of our specialists in the betting market, Valentin Macovei, tells us, in his new article, of the eight facts not to think about when analyzing football matches you want to bet on.

We also recommend you other topics analyzed and developed by us in this edition, and invite you to have a pleasant reading. Summer is a season as equally suited for business as well as other seasons, if you are initiative and proactive persons. We do not believe that we have been in the situation where we can afford having a three months’ year shorter…