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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Netherlands: Gambling Authority opens public consultation on draft “Supervisory Agenda 2019”

Earlier this week, the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit, “KSA”) published its draft Supervisory Agenda for 2019. The Supervisory Agenda is an annual document in which KSA outlines how it envisages to fulfill its supervisory role and its main objectives in the coming year, being consumer protection, the prevention of gambling addiction and the prevention of …

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SWEDEN: New Swedish gambling legislation from 1 January 2019

Since the new gambling legislation came into effect in Sweden on 1 January 2019, a number of gambling license applications have been submitted to the Swedish Gambling Authority (Sw. Spelinspektionen). On 27 December 2018, the Swedish Gambling Authority stated that it had received 88 applications for online gambling and betting. As of today, 60 applications have …

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Spain: New guidelines for the prevention of fraud

Authors: Elisa Lorenzo/Paula González de Castejón The Spanish gambling regulator (the General Directorate for Gambling Affairs or “DGOJ”) has recently published a document containing technical guidelines on the prevention, detection and management of fraud on online gambling activities. The Spanish version is available in the following link. These guidelines are aimed at ensuring that all …

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Spain: Two months left to apply for online gambling licenses

  Authors: Elisa Lorenzo / Paula Gonzalez de Castejón   As announced in our previous entry in this blog, on December 2017 a resolution launching the call for tender for obtaining new general licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain was published on the Spanish Official Gazette. This means that the Spanish online gambling market opened to …

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Netherlands – Uncertainty remains for previous remote gaming violators

Netherlands – Uncertainty remains for previous remote gaming violators   Although last week, the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection published the Remote Gaming Decree (‘RGD’) for public consultation, i.e. secondary legislation to the new Dutch Remote Gaming Act,   uncertainty remains as to whether previous violations would prevent a successful application for a remote gaming license …

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Netherlands – Secondary Legislation to Remote Gaming Act ready for public consultation

Finally, some movement with respect to the introduction of the Dutch Remote Gaming Act (‘RGA’). Just before the summer break, the Minister of Legal Protection already announced that he wanted speed things up. He put his money where his mouth is, as last week, the Remote Gaming Decree (‘RGD’) was published for public consultation.   …

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SWEDEN: The Swedish administrative court of appeal (Sw. Kammarrätten) upholds decision to impose fines against Swedish evening papers for providing links to offshore gambling services.

In September 2013, the Swedish Gambling Authority (Sw. Lotteriinspektionen) issued an injunction under a penalty of a fine of SEK 45 000 per day against the evening papers Expressen och Aftonbladet for publishing links to offshore operated gambling services. The papers appealed the decision arguing that the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision was in violation of …

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Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the first edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series. This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based and …

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