German association calls for legal certainty

DSWV-MathiasDahmsThe German Betting Association DSWV has called on the legislator to bring some legal certainty to the industry in a bid to improve consumer protection and driving out black market operators.

DSWV President Mathias Dahms said: “It is with great concern that we observe a growing black market. Unfortunately it is only a logical consequence of the German licensing chaos. Those that are currently suffering are not only the consumer and reputable suppliers, but also the state.”

Dahms defended DSWV members against the accusations that any of them are ‘illegal’ providers, as the term has been used for any unlicensed operators. He called the claims ‘false rhetoric’ and said that DSWV members had actually raised standards of reliability and performance.

“Illegal is states sticking to a traditional sports betting monopoly, according to the case law of the European Court of Justice, not the service offered by private providers who for years have been trying to legally secure licenses. Without a legally valid licensing regime our hands are tied.

Although the gambling treaty of 2012 opened of the German sports betting market for private providers, there has still been no licences issued as the delayed implementation is currently stuck in the court system.

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