The casino and gambling sector is regulated by The Gaming Commission. Recently, chairman Etienne Marique retired. He has led the committee since 1999, but now a new chairman will take office. Besides Marique, four others (including the director-general) will step aside as well. This is not voluntarily though: The Gaming Commission is plagued by scandals/
Etienne Marique reached retirement age a while ago. Chairman Etienne Marique leaves voluntarily because he reached retirement age some time ago. Since last October, he continued to perform his duties while looking for a successor.
There were two candidates to succeed Marique. The first was Marie-Charlotte Vantomme, who presides over the Dutch-speaking Labour Tribunal of Brussels. The other option was Magali Clavie, a former judge who is a member of the High Council of Justice.
Marie-Charlotte Vantomme withdrew her candidature at the beginning of March. This meant that Magali Clavie got the job as the new chairman. However, no one knows when she will be sworn in as the new president. This depends on the formation of a definitive government. There’s also a delay because of the COVID-19 crisis
Accusations of fraud and corruption
The delay does give chairman Marique a chance to repair the damage after a big scandal surrounding the secretariat of the commission. The gambling watchdog was accused of fraud and corruption. It has been said that the commission accepted gifts from the gambling sector and misused public funds.
Marique’s departure was planned. However, at the same time the Justice FPS took measures to replace the management with a crisis manager. Director-general Peter Naessens is temporary replaced by Eva De Coninck, who until recently acted as the human resources director of the Gaming Commission. Naessons was under suspicion and thus asked to resign.
Minister of Justice Koen Geens is responsible for supervising the Belgium Gaming Commission. According to reports, he has asked the FPS Justice to take the measures mentioned above. He wants to solve the problems as soon as possible and has contact with the Council of Ministers. By doing so, the Gaming Commission will keep functioning. It seems that the Minister and the FPS Justice want to restore order in the Gaming Commission in order. Hopefully, future chairman Clavie will have a fresh start.