KSA chair Jansen takes lead at Gaming Regulators European Forum

René Jansen, chairman of Dutch gambling authority de Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has been appointed chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), effective as of today.


GREF is an association for Europe’s gaming regulators and has 41 members from 34 jurisdictions. The members exchange information and experiences via the forum, including through working groups.

Jansen has been vice-chairman of GREG since May 2019, and now takes over as chairman from executive director of the Alderney Gaming Control Commission, Jorn Starck. It is customary for a chairman of the association to remain in the position for 2 years.

Commenting on his appointment, Jansen said that “Protecting consumers, preventing gambling addiction and combating illegality and crime are of paramount importance to all regulators.”

He went on to say that the regulators can learn from one another by exchanging experiences and by confronting similar challenges. With reference to the upcoming regulation of online gaming in the Netherlands, Jansen said:

“Online games of chance will be legalised and regulated in the Netherlands this year. Other countries preceded us in this; it makes no sense to reinvent the wheel everywhere. We can learn from the experiences of others. It is also important to work together in tackling illegal online games of chance.”