Public Gaming International July/August 2023

32 PUBLIC GAMING INTERNATIONAL • JULY/AUGUST 2023 EL Congress Croatia 2023 Wow. Congratulations to Team EL and the Croatian Lottery for producing the most fabulous EL Congress. Maybe it’s because it’s been four years since our last EL Congress; maybe it’s because of the great content (cutting edge as always), or because we were so anxious for solutions and updates from our technology partners’ trade show exhibits. Maybe it’s because Croatia is the most beautiful country with the most extraordinary coastline (mountainous with hundreds of islands and dotted with ancient coastal towns. No wonder it is the location for the filming of Game of Thrones as well as the setting for EL Congress). Some of us came early to enjoy a few days of tourist-time, and so glad we did. Our September print issue will feature interviews with leaders of the EL, photo collage, and more. Check in at to view the videos we did at the Congress Trade-Show. And be sure to visit for EL news and events calendar. Romana Girandon, EL President and CEO of the Slovenia Lottery The newly elected members of the EL Executive Committee, pictured from left to right: Jan KARAS (OPAP, Greece); Jannie HAEK (Loterie Nationale Loterij, Belgium); Olgierd CIEŚLIK (Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o, Poland); Jesús Almendro HUERTA (Sociedad Estatal de Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, SELAE, Spain); Stéphane PALLEZ (La Française des Jeux, FDJ, France); Romana GIRANDON (Loterija Slovenije, d.d., Slovenia, & EL President); Rosangela ROBBIANI (Sisal S.p.A., Italy), Hansjörg HÖLTKEMEIER Šibenik, 7 June 2023 – During the EL General Assembly on 7 June in Šibenik (Croatia), Members elected a new Executive Committee for the period 2023-2025 and appointed Romana Girandon, CEO of Loterija Slovenije, as the first female EL President. ”I am delighted to be elected EL President at this year’s General Assembly. This is a real honour, and I would like to thank the Members for trusting me to lead EL in the next mandate. Over the coming years, I look forward to fulfilling my role together with a strong and experienced Executive Committee, to prove that we, The European Lotteries, are here to benefit society. Together we can make a difference and provide a new momentum for a sustainable and responsible future. I would like to thank especially, the outgoing President Hansjörg Höltkemeier, now EL Honorary President, for his dedication and commitment to EL over the past eight years and wish him all the best for the future.” n EL Congress Croatia 2023 Wow. Congratulations to Team EL EL elects new Executive Committee and President