Brussels/Helsinki, 15 April 2019 – The European Casino Association (ECA) held its first-ever Safety & Security Conference at Veikkaus Casino Helsinki in early April. The conference combined the expertise of members, partners and external experts.
The mix of presentations and workshops focused on physical safety & security, as well as cybersecurity in a modern land-based casino environment. Identifying the key prevention measures for the industry and sharing of first hand experiences and best practices where at the centre of the discussion and networking throughout the event.
Topics on the agenda were international cooperation, payment safety, fraud prevention, international standards certification, as well as trends and legal aspects of cybersecurity. The conference follows a workshop held in 2018 at Casino 2OOO in Luxembourg, which kick-started the activities that will now become a regular feature for the coming years.
It brought the ECA and its members to the forefront of the latest research and practical application in the area, which are crucial for employees, customers and other stakeholders of the industry. It also follows the association’s three-year strategy that includes the key objective of providing thought leadership, exchange and development of best practices on key issues for the industry. Besides safety and security, this also includes Anti-Money Laundering, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion.
About the ECA
The ECA represents licensed land-based casinos in Europe, with 29 members and over 70,000 direct employees supporting local economies across Europe. It has members from nearly all EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. The main purpose and objective of the ECA is to address and promote issues related to casinos and promote the positive contribution of the industry.
Veikkaus - a Finnish gaming company with a special mission
Veikkaus Oy started its operations at the beginning of 2017, as the Finnish gaming system was reformed and the previous three operators Fintoto, Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY), and Veikkaus merged into a single gaming company owned by the Finnish State. The Finnish system is based on the exclusive right principle, with the purpose of operating games responsibly and mitigating the possible risks involved in gambling. The system secures the legal protection of those engaging in gambling and prevents gambling-related fraud. Veikkaus operates all the gambling games that are offered in Finland. The games fall into three major categories: Lucky Games, Slot Machines and Instant Games, and Skill Games.