Renewal of online casino licences in Schleswig-Holstein

The governing coalition of Schleswig-Holstein has signed a draft law that is intended to renew the online casino licences that have recently expired. This draft law is one step further than the draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling that will only allow new sports betting licences but sticks to the ban on online casinos. The new law of Schleswig-Holstein is expected to be passed in May and the new online casino licences are to be …

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New sports betting licences in Germany

The draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling has been published. The amendment is intended to allow issuing new (online and offline) sports betting licences. This includes:

  • Extending the so-called experimental phase for sports betting from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021 with the possibility to extend up to 30 June 2024.
  • Removing the quota system for sports betting licences to allow issuing more than just 20 licences.
  • Entry into force on 1 January 2020 if all participating German states ratify the treaty until 31 December 2019.

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The Netherlands: Euro 400K fine for addressing Dutch market

Today, the Dutch Gambling Authority (“KSA”) announced that on 4 January 2019, it imposed a fine of EUR 400,000  on 1x Corp N.V. and Exinvest Limited, companies vested in Curacao and Cyprus. The companies were  offering gambling services to Dutch consumers via several websites, such by means of having the websites (partially) in Dutch, using iDeal as payment method, etc., all such without having  licenses. Both companies have appealed KSA’s decision.   Richard van Schaik …

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New AML guidelines for gambling in Germany

The highest gambling supervisory authorities of the German states have recently published new guidelines on the interpretation and implementation of the German Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act. Gambling operators and intermediaries have been waiting for an update of the guidelines since the new AML Act that transposes the 4th AML Directive came into force in June 2017. Although the guidelines are not binding for German courts of law, they give valuable insight into how the German …

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Finland: Finnish Competition Authority to conduct an extensive assessment on the legitimacy of the Finnish state operated gambling monopoly in 2019

As for background, Finland has traditionally had one of the most stringent gambling regimes in the EU with a legal monopoly in place under the Lottery Act (2001/1047). The legal monopoly for the execution and marketing of physical and remote games resides with Veikkaus Oy Ab, a legal entity owned fully by the Finnish government. The monopoly covers games of chance, betting, toto games, slots machines and casinos. Gambling profits are distributed under the Lottery Act …

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BREAKING NEWS: Dutch Senate votes in favour of the Dutch Remote Gambling Act

BREAKING NEWS: Dutch Senate votes in favour of the Dutch Remote Gambling Act   The Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Wet online kansspelen op afstand) has officially been adopted with a majority vote of 44 out 75 by the Dutch Senate! It is safe to say that the adoption of the RGA was no small feat. In the last few weeks, it became clear that there was still uncertainty and quite a lot discussion among the …

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The Netherlands – Vote on RGA on 19/2, Privatization Holland Casino suspended

During the plenary session of the Senate today, it was decided that the final vote with respect to the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”) will take place next Tuesday 19 February. There was still too much uncertainty among the different members of the Senate, and the Minister was heavily questioned today on different parts of the RGA. The main discussion concerned the cooling-off period, that is envisaged to be applied to gambling operators that have …

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NETHERLANDS – Minister hints to cooling off period for bad actors

Today, the Minister of Legal Protection provided his answers on the outstanding questions from the Senate regarding the draft Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”), asked earlier this week. The letter of the Minister including its answers has been published by the Senate and can be found here (in Dutch). A brief overview is provided below. As you will see, particularly interesting is that the Minister insists on applying a cooling-off period for previous “bad actors” and …

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New programming and investment obligations for VOD and linear audio-visual media service providers!

On 25 January 2019, the Italian Communications Authority (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, hereinafter “AGCOM“) published the Resolution 595/18/CONS setting out the new Regulation on programming and investment obligations in favour of European works and works by independent producers (as amended by AGCOM Resolution 24/19/CONS) (hereinafter, “New Regulation“). The New Regulation – which replaces the previous resolutions concerning the programming and investment quotas, including Resolution 66/09/CONS – was adopted on the basis of the Legislative Decree …

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The Netherlands – Vote will be next week; Minister forced to provide more details

Today, was an important day for the Dutch gambling sector: after more than 2.5 years, the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Wet online kansspelen op afstand) reached the latest phase of the legislative process, during which the RGA could have been adopted. This would mean that the Dutch gambling market would embark on a new era by opening up its door to (licensed) online games of chance. However, today it appeared that there is still a …

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Netherlands: 5 February 2019 – D-Day Remote Gambling Act

Only a few more days to go: on 5 February 2019, there will be the hearing in the Dutch Senate on the introduction of the Remote Gambling Act (‘RGA’). This is more than 2.5 years after the Act passed the House of Representatives. In principle, no changes to the latest draft are accepted anymore. This means that the RGA will either be approved or denied. If all parties agree to the proposal, no vote is …

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