The Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen) has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of psychologist Håkan Wall.

Wall’s appointment was confirmed yesterday, and he joins the board as a replacement for deputy chairman Per Blinder, associate professor of social anthropology at the University of Gothenburg, who has stepped down from the board after seven years.

Wall currently works in the Research Centre for Pyschosocial Health at the Swedish Centre for Psychiatric Research, which works alongside the country’s medical university, Karolinska Institutet, to treat problem gamblers and help their families.

The Lotteriinspektionen is chaired by Per Håkansson, with Wall joining five other directors on the board.

The organisation’s director general Håkan Hallstedt also sits on the board alongside Carina Tolke, Henrik Berggren, Britta Ahnmé Kågerman and Karin Starrin.

Last month the Swedish government asked the European Commission for more time to address issues with its online gaming market after the commission threatened to refer the country to the European Court of Justice.

The EC has claimed that current legislation contravenes the free movement of services, as protected by European Union law.

With the Swedish government focusing on tightening player protection standards and unlikely to introduce a licensing system for online gaming in the current parliamentary period, the country’s gambling market has seen turnover decline for the third year in a row.

In its figures for 2013, gross turnover fell 0.3 per cent to SEK46.8bn, with turnover from unlicensed iGaming operators increasing 2 per cent to SEK2.3bn, according to the state.


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