EO Lennart Käll said the minister’s intentions were good news for the industry, and that he hoped it would bring about a more even playing field for operators.
Käll has frequently lamented the competition represented by illegal unlicensed operators, which he has claimed adversely impacts his business.
He said the current situation has prevailed for too long and is untenable, and emphasized the need for strong measures against match fixing, along with equally strong consumer protection safeguards. He also said that the objective was not to increase gambling, but make it safer and more controlled.
In releasing his timetable last month minister Shekarabi said the enquiry would make recommendations aimed at bringing about “a new gaming regulation that should aim to create a gaming market that is characterized by a high level of consumer protection, high security of the games and the clear potential to be acting in the market”.