Category Archive: Poland

Poland: Amendment to the Polish Gambling Act signed by the Polish President

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw.

The website of the office of the Polish President recently published the information that last Friday, 31 July, the President signed the modified amendment to the Polish Gambling Act. The scope of the amendment is described in this earlier post.

The amendment will come into force 14 days following its official publication. Taking into consideration that on average it takes four weeks to have a signed bill published, we should expect the amendment to become binding law around mid-September.

 

Poland: Modified draft amendment to the Polish Gambling Act adopted by the Polish Senate

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw.

Last Friday, 10 July, the modified draft amendment described here was adopted by the Senate (the upper chamber of the Polish Parliament) without any amendment. Once it is signed by the Polish President and published, it will come into force 14 days following its publication.

It is interesting that the representative of the Polish government presenting the modified amendment mentioned during the discussion that the Regulator is working on two further changes to the Polish Gambling Act to be processed and adopted by the next Parliament. One of them is said to introduce the possibility of blocking online gambling websites, while the other is to change the regulation of poker.

Poland: Modified amendment to the Polish Gambling Act – voting in the Senat next week

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw.

Further to our last post about the express mode of adopting the modified amendment to the Polish Gambling Act, there have been some further developments.

The legislative office of the Senat (the upper chamber of the Polish parliament) has announced a couple of amendments to the modified draft adopted in the Sejm (the lower chamber of the Polish parliament). However, they were not accepted by the Senat’s commission for budget and public finances at their last meeting on 23 June. The commission recommended the adoption of the modified amendment in the version originally adopted by the Sejm.

Voting on the modified amendment is scheduled for 8 July. If no amendments are added by the Senat, the modified draft will become final, and – after being signed by the president – it will become binding law within 14 days of publication. In the case of any amendments, the modified draft would have to be sent back to the Sejm for another vote. Since the new Polish president takes up office in August (and he is supported by the opposition party which was against the said amendment), it seems that the governing party will not risk extending the legislative process and will do its best to have it signed by the current president by the end of July.

Poland: Modified draft amendment to the Polish Gambling Act

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw.

The Sejm (the lower chamber of the Polish parliament) has recently adopted a significant modification to the draft amendment to the Polish Gambling Act. If it is adopted by the Senat (the upper chamber of the Polish parliament) and signed by the president by October this year, it will allow foreign gambling operators to have a presence in Poland by establishing a Polish branch or by appointing a Polish representative.

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Poland: Polish Regulator threatens to prosecute players

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel (DLA Piper, Warsaw).

On Tuesday, 18 November 2014, the Polish Ministry of Finance published an official announcement on its website warning Polish players that any online gambling games run by foreign operators without a valid Polish gambling license are prohibited, and that those who take part in these games will be prosecuted. Read the rest of this entry »

Poland: Consequences of proposed amendment to Polish Gambling Act for foreign operators

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw.

On 21 October 2014, the Council of Ministers considered a draft amendment (version as of 17 October 2014) to the Polish Gambling Act dated 19 November 2009 which envisages a new opportunity for foreign gambling operators to obtain a permit or a license for conducting gambling activities in Poland.

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Poland: Government moves to update gambling legislation

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw.

The Ministry of Finance has recently published a new draft amendment to the Polish Gambling Act. It includes a number of significant measures aimed at facilitating the application of Poland’s strict gambling regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Poland: Additional payment services available to operators regulated under the Polish Gambling Act

Changes to the Polish Gambling Act have broadened the array of payment service providers that Polish-licensed operators can use. Read the rest of this entry »

Poland: Proposals to allow monopoly to offer online games

Pursuant to the Gambling Law dated 19 November 2009 (“Law”), the Polish government grants monopoly rights over number games, cash lotteries and telebingo. However, the Law does not specifically refer to the internet and the organisation of any such number games or lotteries is always subject to the approval of the Minister of Public Finances

On 12 November 2013, the Polish government submitted a notification to the European Commission in order to amend the Law, specifically allowing for the monopoly to provide the permitted games on the internet via a website approved by the Ministry. Coupled with this, the Polish government also proposes to protect players against the negative effects of gambling by requiring the monopoly to introduce a policy of responsible gambling.

In the grounds for submitting the amendment, the Polish government noted that its objectives were to create a “controlled the development of legitimate games with available distribution network…while maintaining control over the activities of a body pursuing an monopoly.

To access the European Commission notification please click here.

Poland: Licensed Online Gambling

Anna Wietrzynska-Ciolkowska (DLA Piper, Warsaw) provides an overview of the regulatory environment in Poland.

Read Licensed Online Gambling in Poland published in the Jan/Feb edition of iGaming Business.

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