Category Archive: Hungary

Hungary: New enforcement powers approved to combat illegal gambling

The Hungarian parliament yesterday adopted legislative amendments which provide for more severe penalties and enforcement measures to tackle unlicensed online gambling. Read the rest of this entry »

Hungary: Proposed amendment to the Gambling Act

Written by Balint Damosy

A proposed amendment to the Hungarian Gambling Act has been submitted to the Parliament on 16 June by an MP of the majority party.

According to the reasoning of the proposal, the aim is the more detailed regulation of online casino and card games (mainly technical provisions), but there some significant changes also.

The proposal would only allow two online casinos to be granted a licence by the Gambling Authority. The effective Gambling Act does not contain such a restriction, i.e. all 7 land-based casino house concession holders could theoretically be granted a remote casino and card gambling licence.

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Hungary: gambling laws criticised by the ECJ

The European Court of Justice has handed down its judgment in Case C-98/14 Berlington Hungary Tanácsadó és Szolgáltató Kft. and Others v Magyar Állam.

The court held that Hungarian legislation which prohibits the operation of slot machines outside casinos may be contrary to the principle of freedom to provide services. Read the rest of this entry »

Hungary: Proposed gambling law modifications

The Hungarian legislator intends to qualify remote gambling as a non-liberalized activity pursuant to a draft-amendment of the Gambling Act filed with the European Commission. Read the rest of this entry »