The Netherlands – Remote Gambling Decree: the journey continues

On Thursday 18 June 2020, the Dutch House of Representatives discussed the Remote Gambling Decree (one of the two major pieces of secondary legislation) in a plenary debate with Minister Sander Dekker of Safety and Justice. Ten motions were filed. In the debate, Members of Parliament (MPs)  introduced motions, and the Minister provided his comments …

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The Netherlands – Prohibition on use of pre-existing online players’ database

Early March 2020, an updated draft of the Remote Gambling Decree (Besluit Kansspelen op afstand, available here in Dutch) was sent to Parliament for comments and questions (covered here). Following that publication, the Members of Parliament (MPs) submitted questions . These questions have now been answered by the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection (questions and …

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UK: Ads on social media for e-sports betting come under the microscope

Continuing their focus on the online gambling sector during lockdown, the UK Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) have published an Advice Note to all GB-licensed gambling operators in relation to ads on social media for eSports betting. The advice makes it clear that eSports betting-related advertising must comply with the rules which apply to other …

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The Netherlands – information on Central Exclusion Register published (land based)

As we indicated earlier, the KSA intended to organize information sessions/workshops on CRUKS (the Central Exclusion Register for games of chance). In light of the COVID-19 crisis, it is not possible to organize physical meetings. Therefore, the KSA has now published the new information on CRUKS online in Dutch (available here).   CRUKS: Land based …

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New German gambling regulation 2021

Following an industry association hearing in February, the heads of the 16 German federal states adopted a draft State Treaty on the New Regulation of Gambling in Germany (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag 2021 – GlüStV 2021) at their conference on 12 March.

The new law will bring substantial changes to the German gambling regulation.

The Netherlands – Update Dutch Remote Gambling Decree

In 2018, one of the two major pieces of secondary legislation in relation to the Dutch Remote Gambling Act, the Remote Gambling Decree (“Decree”), was offered for public consultation (covered in this post). The consultation for the other piece of secondary legislation, the Remote Gambling Regulation (covered here) was put into public consultation last year, …

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Spain: First insights on the Draft Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising.

Authors: Paula González de Castejón & Elisa Lorenzo. As indicated in our previous entry in this blog, the Spanish Government has presented today the new Draft Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising in a press conference where the main measures contained on the said draft have been announced. The Spanish Ministry of Consumer Protection Affairs (Mr. …

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Spain: Online gambling advertising, what’s coming next.

Authors: Paula González de Castejón and Elisa Lorenzo  As previously mentioned in this blog, the only piece of regulation of advertising of online gambling activities in force in Spain is by now a Self of Conduct Code that was approved in 2012. This code, which has been updated recently, has been accepted by most of …

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Spanish Supreme court ruling: VAT on advertising services provided to non-EU gaming operators

Author: Alberto Lobato The Spanish Supreme Court has recently ruled against a Spanish entity of a well-known gambling operator, sentencing to pay over 980,000 euros of VAT accrued on advertising services provided to a Gibraltarian entity of the group. In its judgement, the Supreme court analyses whether or not advertising and marketing services provided by …

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New sports betting licensing procedure starts in Germany

The 3rd amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag = GlüStV) entered into force on 1 January. This new law removes the cap for licences during the so-called experimental phase for sports betting, which runs until 30 June 2021.

The competent gambling licensing authority of Hesse, the Darmstadt Regional Council (Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt), has already published the minimum licensing requirements that need to be fulfilled to qualify for a licence.

In a notice of 2 January 2020, the authority informed that applications may be submitted by post or e-mail. The licence is granted on the condition that the applicant meets the minimum requirements. The licensing procedure is not subject to any deadlines and further information, including a list of FAQs, is available on the website of the authority.

The Netherlands – Update Remote Gambling Act

Developments surrounding the Remote Gambling Act (‘RGA‘) have not come to a halt since the announcement of the six-months’ delay of the RGA’s entry into force. In a speech at the GIH breakfast event that took place yesterday, chairman of the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or KSA) René Jansen, shed some more light on different …

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Spain: Tips for drafting gambling operators TT&CC

Author: Elisa Lorenzo The Spanish Gambling Regulator (the “General Directorate for Gambling Affairs” or “DGOJ”) has recently published some guidelines containing very useful recommendations for the drafting of the terms and conditions (TT&CC) which online gambling operators licensed in Spain should apply while dealing with Spanish customers, and defining the main principles, criteria and practices …

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Ukraine is making another attempt to legalize gambling

Ukraine is making yet another attempt to legalize gambling after its complete ban in 2009. After it was announced by the President of Ukraine Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyi earlier in 2019 about his intention to revert back gambling in Ukraine on legal basis, the Government of Ukraine has prepared and submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament a …

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The Netherlands – Introduction Remote Gambling Act 6 months delayed

Earlier this week, the Dutch Minister for Safety and Justice informed Dutch Parliament that the entry into force of the Remote Gambling Act (“RGA“) is now scheduled for 1 January 2021 (available in Dutch here). This means that the earlier anticipated entry into force-date of 1 July 2020 has been postponed with six months. After …

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