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PRESS RELEASE: GOZO MINISTER LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER GOZO EXPO AND THE GOZO BUSINESS AWARDS 2019

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DATE: FRIDAY 10th MAY, 2019

GOZO MINISTER LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER GOZO EXPO AND THE GOZO BUSINES AWARDS 2019

Imagine if some of the Gozo’s greatest business minds and industrious entrepreneurs coming together to reshape the future. Well, in Gozo they are just doing that on Friday 30th May and Saturday 1st June 2019 at the Grand Hotel, Mgarr, Gozo, for the first ever Gozo Expo and the Gozo Business Awards, organised by MBR Publications Limited, and supported and sponsored by the Ministry for Gozo and the Gozo Business Chamber.

During the launching Press Conference held at the same venue, the Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana, welcomed a packed audience and said that, “this is Gozo’s first and only trade fair, whereby these two combined business events, fall under the Ministry’s Gozo strategy for further business development, trade expansion and investment. It will culminate in a unique event celebrating Gozitan entrepreneurial achievement, and bringing together more than 300 of Island’s top business leaders, executives, advisors and investors who are leaders in innovation and masters of business transformation.

“The theme chosen by the organisers MBR Publication Limited focuses on ‘Opportunity, Mobility & Sustainability’, and was brought to life by influential panellists, thoughtful speakers and the Ministry’s agenda to create more business opportunities and provide a new business platform for investors through supporting and financing such events,” said the Minister. These ranged from the future and use of social media to international business growth in the most unexpected places . Among the highlights: the Travellers live in concert, George Curmi (Il-Puse’) and his Quartet, YADA Dancers, fire eaters, fire jugglers and also a chance to win a return trip to Rome/Paris for two persons courtesy of FCM Travel Ltd.

“The very presence and participation of various major businesses from Gozo embodies the whole essence of this major event. The organisers even created a wall to showcase corporate pledges and those who committed to give more young people a chance at that all-important first job. This is the largest ever business award gala event to be held in Gozo and the largest trade fair of its kind. Today is an important entrepreneurial milestone for Gozitan entrepreneurs. We are gathered here at the Grand Hotel in Mgarr, to launch the most prestigious trade show and business awards event held in Gozo. This event not only honours the essence of entrepreneurship, but also honours all the business professionals who have deservedly been selected as the nominees of the awards in their respective categories, as well as to show appreciation to all the organisers, whose work has contributed to the enhancement of entrepreneurs in the Maltese Islands,” said the Hon Minister.

“First of all I take this occasion to thank MBR Publications Limited for the invitation to launch this event and also for their outstanding initiative to promote Gozo’s foremost business impresarios – the best entrepreneurs in business, including the commercial sector, hospitality, healthcare, ICT, F&B, manufacturing, industrial, real estate, banking, maritime, aviation and local industry; every major category is represented during this remarkable event,” the Minister for Gozo added on.

Dr Caruana thanked all the exhibitors, nominees and their companies, who through their participation are indirectly assisting growth in all sectors of the Gozitan economy, which under this Government have seen increased growth, the biggest performer were the financial and insurance sectors, where an increase of almost fourteen (17) per cent was recorded. “Malta has been registering positive economic performance, and the strong momentum exhibited by the Maltese economy during 2017, 2018 and 2019, and is set to continue during this year, where the Maltese economy is expected to maintain a growth of four (4.4) per cent in real terms during the first quarter of 2019, which compares to an average growth of one (1) per cent registered in the Euro Area for the same period,” the Minister stated.

Europe has been plagued with the internal squabbling and the Brexit crisis for the last two years now, and some countries like Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal have suffered more than others. However, Malta’s economy shows a stable growth and no signs of a slowdown at all. The Central Bank of Malta recently confirmed this in their quarterly report. The GDP in the euro area grew by in the first quarter, but remained stable in the second. This growth was mainly due to domestic demands and investments. The amount of people in employment shows a better development compared to last year. The unemployment rate currently stands at the lowest in Europe, which in comparison to other countries in the EU is considerably low. The development is very positive.

Gozo Expo and the Gozo Business Awards stand out as an inspiration which reminds us that there are increased opportunities in Gozo for new investors in the professional, building and construction, engineering, scientific and technical sector, technological, healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, including other private sectors, where increases are being recorded namely in property, agriculture and fishing, wholesale and retail trade and information and communication.

“The scope of this high-status and largest local trade show and gala award event is to foster the participation of and recognition of Gozo’s most outstanding and highly exceptional business entrepreneurs, bringing them to interact with Maltese and foreign business counterparts, in order enable business networking, development and encourage investment. l am fully behind this wonderful initiative as we want to be prime movers to promote good governance ethics, sound values and best management practice and policies which distinguishes excellent business persons from the ordinary, and reward them for their positive contributions toward our Islands’s economic growth, their enterprise to improve our business community and also their resourcefulness to act as role models for other entrepreneurs. Thus we are taking the lead to encourage and support tomorrow’s leaders and create a winning synergy,” explained Dr Caruana.

“My Ministerial Portfolio and duties propel me to uphold best entrepreneurial ethics and values in order to create and foster awareness on the importance of rewarding entrepreneurial culture and achievements at the level for their collateral benefits not just at the workplace, but also on an international level, and thus recognise and celebrate the right entrepreneurial culture which stimulates Innovation, drive and commitment of a variety of corporate business clusters, including small and medium enterprise (SME), ranging from iGaming to banking, from finance to industry, including key economic decision makers — the men and women that feed, clothe and grow our country,” she said.

“Highlighting the fact that these awards will also introduce a number of new initiatives and categories to further the entrepreneurial cause, my Ministry is wholeheartedly supporting the Gozo Expo and these awards as both events identify those demonstrating the entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition and drive to build a successful enterprise,” said the Minister.

“It is essential that we understand the importance of appreciating and rewarding inspirational business leaders. Entrepreneurs need this kind of recognition much more often than one tends to think. To have such a competent and well-versed adjudicating team look over your shoulders, probe your business plan, look at your balance sheet, question your sustainability and future strategies and to then give you the nod of approval is a source of great satisfaction,” said Mr Martin Vella, organiser of the event.

“Please allow me to congratulate all the exhibitors of the Gozo Expo, as well as the nominees of the various categories of thes first ever Gozo Business Awards. On behalf of the Ministry for Gozo, I also wish to extend my gratitude to everyone involved in the organization, particularly MBR Publications Limited, and I would like to augur you have a fruitful, enjoyable event, which I am sure that so much will come out with the help of your valid contributions,” ended Dr Caruana.

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Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

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Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

  • Public should be granted access to studies used in the procedure
  • EU framework should stimulate innovation and propose sustainable products
  • Studies on carcinogenicity of glyphosate should be reviewed by scientific experts
  • Data requirements for Plant Protection Products to be amended to include long-term toxicity

Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure by making it more transparent and accountable were put forward by the special committee on pesticides.

Among many proposals, MEPs agreed on Thursday that the public should be granted access to the studies used in the procedure to authorise a pesticide, including all the supporting data and information relating to the applications.

MEPs note that concerns have been raised about the right of applicants to choose a particular member state to report on the approval of an active substance to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as this practice is seen as lacking in transparency and could entail a conflict of interests. They call on the Commission to allocate the authorisation renewal to a different member state.

During the procedure, applicants should be required to register all regulatory studies that will be carried out in a public register, and allow for a “comment period”, during which stakeholders are able to provide additional existing data to ensure that all relevant information is taken into account before a decision is made.

Post-market evaluation and real-life impact

Post-market evaluation should be strengthened, and the Commission should launch an epidemiological study on the real-life impact of pesticides on human health, MEPs say. They also propose to review existing studies on carcinogenicity of glyphosate and to set maximum residue levels for soils and surface water.

Political accountability

MEPs finally stress the need to ensure political accountability when authorisation is adopted in the form of implementing acts – in the so-called “comitology procedure”. Commission and member states should publish detailed minutes and make their votes public.

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“We need evolution, not revolution. The adopted report underpins this spirit to expand and improve the best authorisation system in the world”, said co-rapporteur Norbert Lins (EPP, DE). “Today we put forward recommendations without overhauling structures which work. We want to make sure the authorisation procedure for plant protection products remains science-based and relies on independent, transparent and efficient processes”, he said.

“We ask for full transparency with regard to the studies used for the assessment, to make them more independent and based on scientific evidence, to avoid conflicts of interests, to fully test active substances, to thoroughly test pesticide products, including the cumulative effects and for stronger risk management measures”, said co-rapporteur Bart Staes (Greens/EFA, BE).

“There are common positions on the essential elements”, said Committee Chairman Eric Andrieu (S&D, FR). “It is a question of revising the protocol for the authorisation of molecules and making concrete recommendations. This is the mission we set ourselves in order not to get lost in the many challenges” he recalled. “In particular, we ask member states to no longer approve synthetic active substances”, he said.

Next steps

The recommendations were adopted with 23 votes to 5 and 1 abstention. The full House is to vote on the report during its 14-17 January plenary session in Strasbourg.

Background

Nine years after the adoption of the Plant Protection Products Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009) and following the controversy about the renewal of glyphosate, the European Parliament, on 6 February 2018, set up a Special committee on the European Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides. The PEST Committee’s mandate, as laid down in Parliament’s decision of 6 February 2018, required the special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides as a whole.

The co-rapporteurs presented their draft report in September 2018. It included many suggestions on how to improve the procedure, focusing on the issues laid down in the mandate, such as transparency, independence and resources.

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MEPs to attend UN conference on migration in Morocco

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MEPs to attend UN conference on migration in Morocco

A European Parliament delegation participates in the UN intergovernmental conference on migration in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10-11 December.

The delegation, led by Linda McAvan (S&D, UK), will represent the position of the European Parliament at the conference to adopt the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

From the outset, the Parliament has supported the goals of the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the related process as a unique opportunity to establish a global governance regime and to enhance coordination on international migration.

The resolution on 18 April 2018 insists that the compact for migration “should be people-centred and human rights-based, and should provide for long-term, sustainable and comprehensive measures, for the benefit of all parties involved, building on the principle of partnership and strengthened cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination”. It should protect the most vulnerable (women and children, unaccompanied minors), prevent human rights abuses, and be based on partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, the Parliament stated.

The members of the EP delegation are the following:

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“The Global Compact that will be agreed next week is an important step towards creating an international system to better manage migration and cut the amount of people migrating via dangerous, illegal routes. Whilst a number of EU countries are shamefully refusing to sign the voluntary Compact, the European Parliament’s presence in Marrakesh is a symbol of the EU’s strong support of the UN process,”, said Linda McAvan (S&D, UK) before the delegation left for Marrakesh.

Background

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016, marked the beginning of multilateral negotiations to adopt two global compacts on refugees and for safe, orderly and regular migration.

A fairer sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees is the objective of the Global Compact on refugees, a non legally binding tool which has already been agreed upon. The similarly non-binding Global Compact on migration seeks to ensure that migrants in vulnerable situations are treated in an adequate way, via durable solutions, addressing at the same time the risks and challenges linked to migration in the countries of origin, transit and destination.

Among the EU member states, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria have announced their intention not to join the intergovernmental Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

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For on-site information, please contact Manuel Gil Manrique, +32.477.855.293.

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Project Based Learning Allows School to Become the Real World

Project Based Learning Allows School to Become the Real World

According to many experts, school must be more relevant if kids are to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, and research indicates that students exposed to project based learning (PBL) are making significantly greater academic gains than students taught with traditional approaches. As students gain deeper knowledge about their work via PBL, they also learn real-world skills that will be invaluable to them for the rest of their lives. Thanks to real world challenges such as the United Nations’ SDG’s, project based learning is currently enjoying a revival. In this style of learning, students must address a problem that’s impacting their local or global community. The PBL process teaches students how to organize and present their thinking in a limited amount of time. Students have to collaborate with other classmates to find solutions and then present their findings to a group. All the skills involved in the work are critical for today’s world. C. M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, asked top global teachers to share their examples of high quality PBL programs. Educator Marjo Rantanen in Finland describes an EU program in which students improved their “entrepreneurial skills” and learned to “evaluate peer work and team work results.” Prerna Kumar in India explains her students worked longer and harder and described their experience as “joyful, authentic, powerful and resourceful.” Koen Timmers, who currently has students across 6 continents researching and brainstorming 4 climate change challenges, notes: “I believe in changing people’s mindsets via education.”

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EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

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EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

  • Provisional deal reached on Tuesday
  • Boosting funds for Erasmus+, climate protection, research, tackling migration and youth unemployment
  • Cuts in funding for Turkey

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers, as well as additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs.

Late on Tuesday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the 2019 EU Budget, a few days before the last plenary session of the year.

The preliminary figures are €165.8 billion in commitment appropriations and €148.2 billion in payment appropriations. Detailed figures will be available later.

Youth, growth and jobs

MEPs succeeded in reinforcing, on top of the Commission’s original budget proposal, programmes they considered key to boosting growth and jobs, reflecting widely agreed European Union priorities, namely Erasmus+ (+€240 million), Horizon 2020 (research programme, +€150 million) and COSME (support for SMEs, +€5 million). Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ will be further boosted through a €100 million amending budget coming next year.

All in all, Parliament obtained an additional €688.5 million in the area of “growth and jobs”, also securing an increase for the Youth Employment Initiative of €116.7 million in commitment appropriations, raising the total to €350 million, to help youngsters seeking a job.

Refugee and migration crisis, cutting funds for Turkey

For Parliament, tackling migration and security are also among the European Union’s top priorities. They managed to boost the Commission’s draft budget for agencies with security-related tasks (Europol, Eurojust).

Similarly, for the external dimension of the migration challenge, they boosted priority lines by €171 million (on top of the draft budget) on the EU’s external action, which includes the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods, Western Balkans, UNRWA (+€21 million) and the Development and Cooperation Instrument (+€63 million).

On Turkey, MEPs made sure pre-accession funds were cut by €146.7 million, as they consider the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights worrying.

After having secured sufficient reinforcements for EU programmes fostering jobs, competitiveness and cohesion, Parliament also agreed to financing part of the €3 billion second tranche of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRT) with a total of €2 billion from the 2018 and 2019 budgets

Climate and agriculture

As a supplementary effort to fight climate change, some of the reinforcements obtained by the EP (+€4 million for LIFE, +€8 million for sustainable transport in Horizon 2020) aim at inching closer to the target of 20% of climate-relevant spending in the EU budget for the 2014-2020 period.

Furthermore, the Parliament’s negotiating team has obtained an additional €15 million in EU support for member states affected by African swine fever.

Next steps

After Council has formally adopted the compromise, it will be submitted for approval to the Committee on Budgets on 10 December, then voted on in plenary in the European Parliament (planned for 12 December in Strasbourg) and signed into law by its President.

Around 94% of the EU’s budget goes to citizens, regions, cities, farmers and businesses. The EU’s administrative expenses account for approximately 6% of the total.

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“Despite it being impossible to apply the option in Article 15-3 of the new Financial Regulation to carry over research appropriations not committed in the previous financial year, I welcome the agreement. Two significant steps forward have been made in research (Horizon 2020, +11% compared to 2018), and mobility of young people, students and apprentices (ERASMUS, +12% compared to 2018). These two programmes will also benefit, as of the first half of 2019, from an overall bonus of 100 million euros via a draft amending budget. Let us be clear in our intentions with regard to other improvements in the field of security and defence, as well as in tackling migration policy”, said Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets.

“With this proposal, the Parliament and the Council are endorsing a reasonable budget that will address some extremely important issues, like jobs, climate change, research & innovation and the human aspect of migration.

In the next weeks, we are going to finalise the deal and to get it approved by both branches of the budgetary authority”, said the lead rapporteur (Commission section of the EU budget 2019) Daniele Viotti (S&D, IT).

“It’s a great success for EU citizens, but also for a positive global development on science, with €150 million more for the Horizon 2020 programme. Youngsters will benefit from an additional €240 million for Erasmus, with €100 million more to come next year for both initiatives”, said Paul Rübig (EPP, AT), rapporteur for the other sections.

Background

Negotiations had resumed on the basis of a new Draft Budget, after the 21-day conciliation procedure provided for by the Treaty ended without an agreement two weeks ago. The last bones of contention were the necessary level of funding for researchers (Horizon 2020) and students (Erasmus+), where a vast majority of high-quality projects and applicants cannot be supported due to lack of funding available. In order to boost those programmes in line with Parliament’s demands, the Commission identified unused research appropriations from past budgets which had to be cancelled in 2017 and which could be revived, thanks to a new financial flexibility rule adopted by Parliament and the Council earlier this year. The Council, however, inflexibly refused to apply this new rule for 2019, and Parliament’s delegation therefore had to secure fresh appropriations instead (nearly half a billion Euros extra for both programmes).

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MEPs want ambitious funding for cross-border projects to connect people

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MEPs want ambitious funding for cross-border projects to connect people

  • EUR 11.16 billion for cross-border cooperation
  • Co-financing rate for projects set at 80%
  • Simplify funding rules for small projects implemented by civil society

Economic and social cohesion and cooperation in neighbouring border regions should get maximum support, according to the Regional Development Committee.

In Monday´s vote, MEPs recommended adding an extra EUR 2.73 billion to earmark a total amount of EUR 11.16 billion for European territorial cooperation (Interreg), to be funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF+) and the Cohesion Fund for the 2021-2027 programming period.

The committee recommends allocating

  • EUR 7,5 billion (67,16 %) to cross-border cooperation,
  • EUR 1.97 billion in total (17,68 %) for transnational cooperation,
  • EUR 357.3 million in total (3,2 %) for outermost regions’ cooperation,
  • EUR 365 million in total (3,27 %) for interregional cooperation, and

EUR 970 million (8,69 %) to the new initiative on interregional innovation investments.

Special attention to SMEs and small projects

Applications for People2people and small-scale projects involving SMEs should be encouraged by removing administrative barriers and simplifying access to funding.

The maximum co-financing rate for projects should be set at 80 % – 10 % more than what the European Commission initially proposed.

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“Interreg is an important symbol against the concept of isolation and for cooperation amongst neighbours. We want border hindrances to be removed – including, above all, the ones in people’s minds. Border regions should become communal spaces in which Europe becomes a tangible reality in everyday life. This is what the Interreg programme enables us to do”, said Parliament’s rapporteur Pascal Arimont (EPP, BE).

Next steps

The text was adopted with 23 votes to 0 and no abstentions and will be tabled for a plenary vote in January to obtain a mandate for negotiations with the Council.

Background

The role of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is to contribute to reducing disparities between the development levels in the various regions and to support the least favoured regions, among which particular attention is to be paid to cross-border regions, rural areas, areas affected by industrial transition, areas with a low population density, islands and mountain regions. The purpose of the resolution is to lay down the specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) supported by the ERDF and external financing instruments for the period 2021-2027.

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Next-gen HNWs will boost demand for sustainable investing

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Next-gen HNWs will boost demand for sustainable investing, says GlobalData

US millionaires demand for sustainable investments is the lowest demand level of any service in the US wealth management market, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

According to GlobalData’s 2018 Global Wealth Managers Survey, although 90% of US providers interviewed have socially responsible investments in their HNW proposition, the demand they experience for such products is moderate at best. On a 0% (very weak) to 100% (very strong) scale, sustainable investments stand at 50.1%. This is the lowest level of any service in the US wealth management market – and it is forecast to increase only slightly over the next year.

With the number of impact investing funds on the rise, a UBS report looked at HNW investors with at least 1% of liquid assets, allocated to investments linked to environmental, social, and governance factors. Out of the countries surveyed, the US had the least appetite for sustainable investing, with only 12% of HNW individuals having them in their portfolios.

Sergel Woldemichael, Wealth Management Analyst from GlobalData says, “Although sustainable investing may not currently be the biggest money-maker, that does not mean providers should omit it in their proposition. Parallels can be drawn with robo-advice; both offerings are ahead of their time and will be key for the next generation.”

Indeed, 53.4% of US wealth managers surveyed by GlobalData believe socially responsible investments are more important to the next generation than the current generation of clients. Research shows that millennials are committed to their money having more of a social impact than their elders, and wealth managers’ views echo this.

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Woldemichael concludes, “As the generational wealth transfer approaches, wealth managers will need to ensure the next generation’s needs are met sooner rather than later, as heirs are likely to start influencing their parents’ investment decision even before the actual wealth transfer. Wealth managers need to adopt or expand their sustainable investments, as demand for these products will only grow.”

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Latest Press Release from Betsoft Gaming — Partnership with Soft2Bet

Betsoft Gaming Surges Ahead in Europe, Signs Strategic Content Agreement with Soft2Bet

9/10/2018 – Valletta, Malta –Betsoft Gaming has further solidified its European presence,
signing a comprehensive content agreement with multi-brand, multi-market operator and
platform provider Soft2Bet.

Under the terms of the agreement, Soft2Bet will directly integrate all Betsoft games – including
player favourites and exciting innovations in the Slots3 TM Series – across ten casino brands,
reaching regulated markets throughout Europe and the Nordic countries.

Headquartered in Malta, Soft2Bet has grown rapidly. From a starting headcount of 3, the
company has expanded to more than 100 employees in just two years, boasts an affiliate
network 2,500-strong, and now turns over in excess of €9 million annually. Fittingly, for a
company whose motto is “Win with us,” Soft2Bet’s 7 Stars Partners initiative was earlier this
year named Best Affiliate Programme at the EGR Operator Awards.

“We are excited to be joining Soft2Bet’s select pool of content providers at such a pivotal time
in their growth,” says Annamaria Anastasi, Marketing Director at Betsoft. “Betsoft has become
a trusted partner to many of Europe’s leading operators, giving our in-house teams the
experience and the market knowledge to perfectly serve players through each of Soft2Bet’s
popular casino brands.”

The agreement also paves the way for further content integration over time, with brands like
Alf Casino, Campobet and other upcoming Soft2Bet propositions all poised to benefit from new
Betsoft releases as they reach the right regulated markets.

“Today, we are introducing a new brand approximately every three months, and we take great
care to ensure that each of them has a unique look, feel, and market position” explains
Soft2Bet CEO, Boris Chaikin. “To support this extremely ambitious growth strategy, we work
with content partners whose games have their own distinct personalities, who can manage
direct integrations, and who have a reliable roadmap for the launch of more high-quality
content for the foreseeable future. For these reasons and more, we predict a long and
successful partnership with Betsoft.”

About Betsoft Gaming:

Betsoft Gaming develops innovative casino games for desktop and mobile. Its portfolio of more
than 190 RNG titles reaches players through partnerships with many of the iGaming industry’s
leading operators. Under the SLOTS3 TM banner, Betsoft is elevating players’ expectations; these cinematic, true-3D slots blend rapid, gratifying gameplay with an audio-visual excellence more typical of movies and videogames.

An early entrant to mobile gaming, Betsoft launched the ToGo TM collection in 2012. More
recently, Betsoft revealed the Shift TM environment, which supports truly cross-platform
development at the same time as increasing performance, drastically reducing file size and
streamlining integration.

Casino Manager, Betsoft’s comprehensive back-office platform, rolls reporting, management,
marketing, promotion, and administration into a single compelling package.

Betsoft is headquartered and licensed to operate in Malta, and holds additional licenses in
Romania and Curacao. Contact sales@betsoft.com or visit www.betsoft.com for general
information and enquiries. For press and marketing enquiries, email press@betsoft.com.

About Soft2Bet:

Soft2bet was launched in 2016 by a small team of industry top stars with several decades of
combined experience in the online gaming business. From the earliest days of operations, the
company set out with a single and clear goal in mind: to offer a second to none online gaming
experience to customers, first on a European and then on a worldwide level.

Today, only 2 years after launch, the results have been phenomenal. Soft2bet is among the
fastest growing online gaming companies in Europe, operates in 12 countries and launches new
products at a rate of about one every 3 months. The company has now more than 100+
employees (having started with 3 people), uses the services of 69 providers, 2500+ affiliates
and generates yearly sales of EUR 124 mil.

Soft2bet’s online casino brands (October 2018) include, alphabetically:

  • Alf Casino
  • Boa Boa Casino
  • Buran Casino
  • Cadoola Casino
  • Campobet
  • Casinia Casino
  • Casinia Bet
  • Malina Casino
  • Malina Sports
  • Yoyo Casino