Czech Republic: New gambling legislation delayed

As we reported earlier in the year, the Czech Government (“Government”) had approved in 2012 a new gambling regulation which should have completely replaced the current Lottery Act.

Although the bill should have been prepared by the end of June 2013 according to the original instructions of the Government, the works on the new gambling legislation are delayed due to the recent turbulences on the Czech political scene (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23053058).

We understand it will take a few more months before the bill is finally introduced to the public. The Czech Republic has asked European Commission to extend the deadline for approval of the new legislation act to the end of 2014.

There remains a real possibility that the gambling regulatory environment in the Czech Republic will welcome foreign operators, in particular by eliminating the requirement for a local legal presence for gambling providers as well as removing the current uncertainty about the conditions under which the provision of various online gambling services by foreign entities is allowed under Czech law.

We will keep readers of All-In updated.

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