Svenska Spel Chairwoman Resigns

SVENSKA SPEL CHAIRWOMAN RESIGNS

26th April, 2016 at 11:08:57
Source: http://www.azonlinecasinos.com

In protest of "Profits before responsible gambling".

Swedish politician and chairwoman of state-owned gaming monopoly Svenska Spel, Anitra Linnéa Steen, dispensed harsh criticism on the company's responsible gambling strategy saying its increased focus on profit is at the expense of responsible gambling, social and ethical values.

"For a social democracy it has always been important to have a clear social responsibility;" Steen said in an interview with Dagens Industri. "Svenska Spel has had an effective responsible play policy which was of great importance for social causes, but now has taken another direction.

Insiders say Steen's disagreements with Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi are at the root of her resignation. They reportedly concern Shekarabi's proposal for the introduction of a licensing regime versus Steen's preference to institute IP blocking of offshore online gaming companies and introduce tougher penalties for illegal operators.

"The government has lost control of the gaming market and we must recapture to secure the protection of consumers. The individual consumer is not protected by a monopoly on the gaming market," Shekarabi said.

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