PMU joins betting integrity body ESSA
Brussels, 1 December 2014: French gambling operator PMU has become the latest high-profile company to join ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body. The inclusion of the PMU is an important addition to an evolving ESSA membership which currently has fixed odds retail and online operations focused on, or based in, Europe, Asia, Australia and America, whilst the PMU is the leading pari-mutuel operator in Europe and ranks second worldwide. “As an early warning system, ESSA’s ability to provide intelligence on irregular or suspicious betting activity is considerably enhanced by the PMU becoming a member of our association. I’m looking forward to working closely with the PMU as we continue to strive for new and better ways to keep betting related match-fixing out of sport for good,” said Khalid Ali, Secretary-General, ESSA. “We are constantly aware of the need for all of sport’s stakeholders to work together to combat match-fixing,” said Pierre Pages, PMU General Secretary. “We believe that ESSA, with its excellent links not only with sports governing bodies but also regulators and other intelligence units, is the correct platform to coordinate this effort.” ESSA launched its new corporate identity earlier this year reflecting its increasing global presence. It has also been improving its reporting and early warning system, which is even more efficient and accessible following considerable investment in cutting-edge technology, providing a more flexible and robust platform and making the association uniquely equipped to deal with betting integrity issues. ESSA also plays an important role as the sector’s representative body at match-fixing policy deliberations held at the European Commission and Council of Europe, as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC).