The European Gaming and Betting Association has named Maarten Haijer, formerly its director of regulatory affairs, as the association’s new secretary general.
Haijer replaces Sigrid Ligné, who has served as EGBA secretary general since its inception in 2007.
Haijer has served under Ligné since 2008 as director of regulatory affairs, prior to which he held the position of internal market and consumer protection counsellor at the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the European Union.
“It was a pleasure to work with Sigrid for many years and I wish her all the best. I am honoured by the appointment as secretary general of EGBA and the confidence EGBA members have shown in me. I am fully aware of the challenging job ahead of us in creating a uniformly safe environment for the playing public, and in obtaining equitable treatment for EU-based operators,” said Haijer.
Outgoing secretary general Ligné added: “I have had the privilege to lead the EGBA at a time of significant progress in the EU debate on online gambling. I am pleased to note that the EU institutions and other stakeholders are now engaged in a constructive exchange on how smart regulatory design can achieve our common goals.
“By appointing Maarten Haijer to take up the baton in the continuing efforts to persuade policymakers of the merits of market-based solutions, the EGBA can be sure that its cause is in excellent hands.”