KSA’s René Jansen appointed as GREF chairman

René Jansen is the new chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF).
René Jansen is the new chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF).

The chairman of Dutch gambling regulator KSA has been appointed to chair the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF).

The Netherlands.- René Jansen, the chairman of the Dutch gambling regulator De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has been named chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) with immediate effect.

Jansen has been vice-chairman of the association since May 2019. He takes over as chairman from Jorn Starck, the executive director of the Alderney Gaming Control Commission. The position is usually held for two years.

GREF is an association of European gaming regulators that currently has 41 members from 34 jurisdictions. The association aims to provide a space for members to exchange information and experiences through its activities, which include several working groups.

Jansen said: “Protecting consumers, preventing gambling addiction and combating illegality and crime are of paramount importance to all regulators.

“Online games of chance will be legalised and regulated in the Netherlands this year. 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.”

The KSA began processing licence applications for the Netherlands licensed igaming market in April. The newly regulated market is due to go live on October 1.

The regulator has called for a moderation of gaming advertising when the market goes live. It has since been clamping down on unlicensed gaming operations.

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