Charles Mizzi, the new CEO of Malta Gaming Authority has been announced. He will take office on 1st January.
Mizzi’s new position as CEO of the Malta regulator will be officially started on 26th January. Charles Brincat will step down from his position as CEO after serving for two years.
He comes to the MGA after five years as CEO of Residency Malta Agency. Mizzi also held a number of senior positions during his career. Other senior roles include that of head of BNF’s image and communication unit.
Mizzi stated, “I feel honoured that I have the chance to lead this Authority.” I am eager to build upon past success and work with my team, under the direction of the Minister responsible and board of Governors to strategically guide the Authority to ensure that Malta’s position, which is already strong, can be strengthened further in this field, and deliver value to all stakeholder.
Silvio Schembri is Malta’s Minister for Economy, EU Funds and Lands. He also welcomed Mizzi’s appointment.
Schembri stated that Charles, with his extensive experience managing operations for a variety of entities as well as his contribution to major projects is the best candidate who can continue the MGA’s progress.
He will guide his colleagues in the Authority to further success.
MGA Bill 55
Mizzi’s first task upon his arrival could be to defend Europe’s opposition against Malta’s Bill55. It has been a contentious issue with many European stakeholders. Many say that it is not compatible with European Law.
The bill, also known as Article 56A in Malta’s Gaming Act protects operators licensed by Malta from any legal liabilities arising from their gambling activity.
In August, the German Gambling Regulator said that the German law was in conflict with the Brussels Recast Regulation. This regulation specifies the way in which legal judgments between EU member states are resolved.
Disagreement over the legality of Malta’s gaming laws
MGA’s gambling laws were covered by the European rules for free movement of services, according to the MGA.
The regulator said that “the Maltese Gaming Framework, on its part, is fully compliant with EU Law and is based upon the freedoms accorded an entity set up within the Internal Market.”
European regulators have pointed out to governments and other government officials that a decision of the 2017 Commission to end infringement proceedings and to shut down complaints within the gambling industry.
They argue that gambling services are not a broadcast service in Europe and cannot be broadcast under an MGA license.
In an earlier statement, the European Commission stated that it would review it in order to determine its compliance with EU laws. It has therefore requested additional information from Malta’s authorities.
The case may be taken to the European Court of Justice after the Commission makes its decision. Courts have historically been the ultimate decision makers in cases involving European law and national laws.