Life of the Association

4 May 2017

3 May 2017 - EPMA attended the MEP Horse Group meeting hosted by Jean Arthuis on future agricultural policy in the European Parliament

At this beginning of consultation for the future CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), the objective of the meeting was to show the place of the horse in agriculture and its numerous benefits. Will Lambe, Director of Public Affairs and Policy at British Horseracing Authority, showed the many advantages of the return from betting in France and the newly implemented UK Betting levy for a sustainable future of the industry.

On 21 April, the European Commission has endorsed the reform of the existing UK Horserace Betting Levy scheme as in line with EU state aid rules. Like for the French Parafiscal Tax in 2013, the Commission has approved the measure because it recognises that it is essential for the improvement of horse breeding and horseracing without giving rise to undue distortions of competition, a model to spread.

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4 April 2017

EPMA attended and moderated the European session at the Equine Economic Conference in Paris on 28 March

A comparative study of European and national legislations applicable to Equines has been presented. The study details Regulations on health, identification, betting, taxation, welfare at EU level and in 11 countries. The study will be available in English at the end of April.

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23 February 2017

EPMA Global Bet meeting in London on 8 February

Members continued to discuss future bet types and launched sub-groups to work on specifications. Next meeting is scheduled in Dusseldorf on 19 April.

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23 February 2017

EPMA attended ICE Gaming event in London on 7-9 February

ICE is an important moment during the year to meet gambling operators, organise meetings and observe the latest innovations in the sector. More than 30 000 visitors for this year’s edition from 150 countries.

In-race betting, crowdbetting, augmented reality as well as more virtual gaming have attracted the interest of horse betting visitors.

ICE conferences have looked at legal developments particularly in the Netherlands (issuing licences) and Sweden (finalising an investigation towards a possible license market) and how to regulate eSport for betting integrity.

PMU booth has been considered as a perfect representation of the Pari Mutuel community and a great meeting point. PMU has reached more than 1 billion € turnover in betting on International Racing.

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1 February 2017

EPMA attended the European equestrian Federation, European Committee on 1 February in Brussels

Legal advisers of German, French Federation as well as representatives from Belgium and Austrian Federations attended the meeting to discuss and coordinate about consumers’ sales issues, Veterinary products as well as possible application to EU sport funding.

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31 January 2017

EPMA attended the European Trotting Union General Assembly on 28 January in Vincennes

European trotting Federations, have confirmed their involvement by strengthening their common International Agreement and harmonised racing rules. Members have a strong obligation to respect them. A working Group will list the sanctions in case of non-compliance. Animal Welfare and integrity of racing and betting remain the two most important topics for the 2017 work programme.

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2 December 2016

Colloque at French Senate in Paris

EPMA spoke about the innovative Tote Betting industry at the French Senate on 25 November in Paris.

More than 100 Equine professionals met to discuss challenges ahead: high VAT not compatible for small businesses and sport and tourism development, incoherence in legal framework for transport and identification.

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14 November 2016

EPMA attended the World Horse Welfare Annual Conference on 10 November in London

The 2016 World Horse Welfare Conference explored the theme of ‘The Invisible Horse’ focus on what makes a suffering horse – or one that is likely to suffer – ‘invisible’ and the essential role of charities and others in bringing their plight into the spotlight, plus ongoing work to tackle the root causes of their invisibility.

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24 October 2016

EPMA attended the Equine Conference in the European Parliament on 20 October

Jean Arthuis, Member of the European Parliament, gathered around him, representatives of the equine industry to lift taboos and identify measures to ensure the European horse industry a long-term development.

The place of the horse in society today is significant but remains fragile and is even declining as emphasized Jean-Louis Gouraud, writer, and publisher. The presence of this animal with men is directly linked to the diversity of roles and tasks that it may wish to entrust in the fields of sport, competition, leisure, education, work, mediation, therapy, shows.

Jean Arthuis wishes with the help of his colleagues in the Parliament and the European Horse Network (22 structures representing the horse in its diversity) list the weaknesses, promote best practices, preserve the necessary financing. An appointment is made within six months to study sustainable funding models for the industry.

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