The European Lotteries Association (EL) is the umbrella association of state-owned or state-licenced Lotteries in Europe, operating games of chance for public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s Members, driven by the core lottery values, society/sustainability, integrity, respinsibility, contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. EL members only operate in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government. Specifically for sport, the contribution reaches the level of 2 bn EUR per year. According to a recent study, this contribution has a further impact on employment, leading to more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs within the field of sport on a yearly basis. Driven by the same values, EL has been pro-actively addressing responsible gaming and security through high level certification procedures and educational programmes. In addition, EL has in place a strong Code of conduct on Sports Betting for its Members, which, in fully line with the CoE Convention on the Manipulation of sport competitions and addresses matters related to conflict of interests, underage betting, customers identification, sharing of information and monitoring of betting patters and sharing of information with public and sport authorities.
EL strongly holds the conviction that sport opens up real prospects for participation in society, as it enables individuals of all abilities, to experience togetherness. Lotteries, driven by their core values, have always considered sport as a vehicle for inclusion and have been a firm supporter of disability sport. Last year, numerous Lotteries in Europe supported their Paralympic team in Rio 2016. Apart from the traditional support to the Paralympic movement, many Lotteries have developed initiatives to empower disabled people. The Wheelchair Sport Festival of our Member Lotto Sachsen-Anhalt and the support to the Blind Sport Federation in Spain by our Member, ONCE, are good examples. EL also has a long-standing partnership with the European Disability Forum. Beyond disability sport, our Members have been also using sport for similar purposes, like the integration of underprivileged groups or empower women and youth in and through sport.
Sharing a commitment to society, we believe that the ASPIRE project will provide an excellent example of how sport and play activities can lead to trauma relief of refugees and can lead sport clubs to be more inclusive.
Having a supporter status in the project, EL’s role will focus on dissemination, networking and sharing knowledge. EL will also engage its Members in the national trainings to be held as part of the project and will encourage them to get involved and disseminate the project results.
In general, EL looks forward to actively collaborating with the project partners in all activities and events of the project and provide support in order for this project to be a successful one.
With a background in sports law, Vagelis has also working experience with the sport unit of the European Commission and the International Platform on Sport & Development. Vagelis also has expertise in the dissemination of Olympic & sport values through sport, thanks to his long-time volunteering experience with the Olympic movement. Vagelis was winner of the “Post for Peace” International Writing Competition of the International Olympic Truce Center (IOTC) in 2012 and a co-author of the book “The Olympic Games of the European Union” (Nomos Publications, 2011).