The National Revenue Agency (NRA) has reopened the register of persons vulnerable to gambling. It is already working and anyone who thinks they have a problem can sign in it. The register is not public.
Registrants will not be admitted to gaming facilities or online betting sites. Signing in the register is done by submitting a request on-site at the NRA office or sent to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, signed with a qualified electronic signature. It specifies a period that cannot be shorter than two years. If the registered person wants to be deleted from the register, he or she has to submit a new request to the National Revenue Agency. This can also be done when the period indicated in the original request has expired, and if such period hasn’t been indicated – it can not be shorter than two years from the date of its entry into it.
The Responsible Gaming Foundation (RGF) exhibited with its booth at the Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Exhibition BEGE 2022, held on November 23rd and 24th at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia. Its representatives took part in a panel at the accompanying Eastern European Gaming Industry Conference.
The guests and visitors of the trade show had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Foundation’s goals and share ideas on the implementation of future projects and partnerships.
“The Responsible Gaming Initiative was initiated by the Bulgarian Trade Association of Gaming Industry Producers and Organisers (BTAPOII), now the Gaming Industry Association of Bulgaria, in 2008,” said Mrs Rosie McKee, founder of the Responsible Gaming Foundation during the Responsible Gaming panel held on the second day of the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS).
” The subject has been very relevant in the last few years, and we are glad that it has been embedded in the Foundation’s principles for a long time,” she added. Mrs McKee explained that systematically exploring the issue leads to the most appropriate way to address it. Meanwhile, examining the issue’s historical, economic, social and psychological aspects will contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate prevention programs.
“Responsible gambling programs are prevention programs. They are designed for the operators` entire customer base, and the goal is to stop the potential development of problematic behaviour in the first place,” Mrs McKee added.
The Responsible Gaming panel was moderated by Dan Ilovici, Vice-President of the Romanian Rombet Association. Among the participants were Zoran Puhac, Secretary General of EOGL; Vasko Ilievski, President of Macedonian Sports Betting Association; Tatiana Scepanovic, Secretary General at Montenegro Bet and Adriana Basara, ALPIS (Bosnia and Herzegovina). All participants agreed that the foundation of addiction prevention is public awareness, with a particular focus on the youth.
“Responsible Gaming” Master class gathered more than 60 professionals from the gaming industry at Grand Hotel Millennium on 21st November in Sofia. The event was also attended by representatives of the National Revenue Agency, and it accompanies the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS), which will take place on 23rd and 24th of November at Inter Expo Center in the Bulgarian capital.
Proven experts of internationally recognized organizations presented the topic thoroughly and with a practical focus. “Currently this subject is highly topical. It is of crucial importance that the synergy between industry, regulator and society is well balanced in order to provide the consumers healthy and regulated environment where all risks are minimized”, explained Rossi McKee, Chairman of the Board of Responsible Gaming Foundation, which is a partner of the Master class.
Honorary lector of the Master class was Pieter Remmers, Member of the EASG Board and the EEGS Advisory Board. Among the panelists was Anton Mihov, Executive Director of Palms Merkur Casino, and member of Responsible Game Foundation. The psychologists Marina Popova, family consultant of NDAGH, and Svetoslav Kirilov, ARAP Solidarnost, conducted workshops and discussed with participants typical cases of problem gamblers in the work of casino and game hall employees.
“On one hand, responsible gaming are good practices for preventing or reducing the harm of betting, and on the other hand, it is the informed choice to be in safe and supportive conditions”, said Pieter Remmers. The CEO of Palms Merkur Casino – Anton Mihov outlined some of the myths related to the industry and commended: “It is all about preventing and controlling the unreasonable gaming, the benefits of these actions are many and they affect the industry, customers, organizer, and society in its entirety. It is important to build mutual loyalty”.
Responsible Gaming Foundation was founded in 2015. The Master class is the third event within 2022, which the Foundation organizes on topics related to responsible gaming and prevention of gambling addiction.
The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS) is held parallel with the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Exhibition (BEGE) that will take place on 23rd and 24th November at Inter Expo Center, Sofia. EEGS is an initiative of Association of Gaming Industry in Bulgaria (AGIB) and within its framework a special module on responsible gaming will be presented.
The Master class was held with the sponsorship of Palms Bet.
The Responsible Gaming Foundation takes part in the initiative of the European Gaming and Betting Association – European Responsible Gaming Week, which starts today and it will continue until 23rd of October.
Within the framework of the initiative, a number of trainings will be held, in which experts from all over the world will participate to share their experience in the gaming sector. Part of the topics to be addressed are: “Online consumer protection: How to promote a safer internet in the EU”, “Monitoring Customer Behaviour: Harnessing Data And Technology To Support Safer Online Gambling”, “Betting integrity and consumer protection”, etc.
The Responsible Gaming Foundation conducted another training for gaming professionals yesterday at the Black and White Club in the Grand Hotel Millenium Sofia. More than 50 people from the gambling industry attended the seminar led by experts from the Association for Rehabilitation of addicts “Solidarity” on “First symptoms of gambling addiction in players at risk. Techniques for intervention that lower the likelihood of developing a gambling addiction”. Lecturers were Svetoslav Kirilov, therapeutic director of “Solidarity” and Marina Popova, psychologist and family consultant at NILNAH.
“We think it’s crucial that the employees of casinos and gambling facilities to be well informed and trained on how to recognize the first signs of addiction among their customers. Therefore, we invited the professionals from Solidarity, whose expertise is unquestionable. The case study solutions that were presented throughout the training with the purpose of improving interpersonal skills were considered extremely helpful by the participants” said Milena Tsankarska, Executive Director of the Responsible Gaming Foundation.
During the training, various case studies were examined, through which real situations were “simulated”. The purpose of the real-life case studies was to help the attendees in the room to get a better grasp of the methods for recognizing the first signs of addiction.
“Responsible Gaming Foundation strives to keep up with the latest global trends in the responsible corporate behavior of the entertainment industry and, along with its partners, to provide quality and practically oriented content to industry professionals,” said Milena Tsankarska. “We hope that this workshop has been as valuable as possible for all participants. However, we do not intend to stop here. We have more events planned for the rest of the year!”, she added.
The Responsible Gaming Foundation presented its first training of the year in June, with the topic “Raising awareness and developing the skills of gambling and casino employees towards ensuring safe gaming.”
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