Tag Archives: ADM

Benvenuto Freni… New Treasury appointment backs Italian gambling reforms   

A positive political outcome has dawned on Italian gambling as Federico Freni has been appointed the successor of Claudio Durigon as Undersecretary of Italy’s Economic Treasury.  Durigon, who had lobbied for gambling amendments to be reviewed as a measure of Italy’s next Budget Law, was forced to resign last month following controversial statements made in support of the fascist regime …

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Italian MPs urged to support gambling reforms as a Budget Law commitment

Italian gambling is waiting to see whether amendments to restructure the gambling sector will be incorporated as a policy measure of Italy’s next Budget Law. A draft proposal to ‘reorganise Italian gambling’ is reported to have been finalised by Claudio Durigon, the former undersecretary of the Economic Treasury. Yet, maintaining the bad luck tribulations of Italian gambling, Durigon was forced …

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Microgame: Italian operators must change their mindset if they are to survive

Microgame: Italian operators must change their mindset if they are to survive

Italy’s hard-nosed gambling leadership has become adjusted to navigating the tribulations of a marketplace in constant state of flux, facing the year-on-year curveballs of increased taxes, blanket bans on advertising and tougher all-round compliance controls. Yet market leaders are in no-doubt that they are in the midst of a true paradigm shift. Following 2020’s unprecedented pandemic, Italian society is now …

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Italian eyes on ADM’s judgement call on future concessions and licensing 

Italy’s Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM) has confirmed that sports betting concessions will be extended until 31 October.  The decision was authorised following an ‘in-depth assessment’ taken by the Ministry of the Economy to ‘apply a reprieve’ on betting licences that were due to expire at the end of June. Last year, at the peak of Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak, the …

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Italian Gambling reawakens to a transformed landscape

Italy’s bookmakers and gambling venues have begun to reopen their businesses following more than a year observing the government’s strict lockdown orders enforced across all regions. Approved by Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, from 31 May, 2000 gambling venues (bookmakers, arcades and bingo halls) were allowed to reopen across the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia. Further reopening …

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Betfair wins Rome ruling to suspend ADM temporary tax charge

Betfair has won its Italian ‘tax reform’ appeal made against Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency with regards to how a temporary 0.5% wagering tax should be applied to its Exchange platform. This week, Rome’s TAR commercial disputes court ruled in favour of Betfair’s appeal that a 0.5% tax charge should not be enforced on Betfair’s Exchange activities as a …

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Betfair hit by poor judgement on Italian turnover tax

Betfair has been provided bleak options by Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency as to how it should calculate Italy’s temporary turnover tax on its ‘Exchange’ betting product. Last summer, the Italian government imposed a 0.5% turnover tax across all sports wagering verticals (retail, digital and virtual sports) – a year-long measure approved as part of Italy’s ‘Covid Revival Decree’. The decision …

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Kindred withdraws 32Red from Italian market

Kindred Group Plc has moved to consolidate its Italian market presence under its flagship Unibet sportsbook brand. The decision sees the Stockholm-listed operator retire its 32Red (32Red.it) subsidiary from the Italian market. 32Red had maintained an Italian sportsbook presence since 2012, prior to the firm’s £175 takeover by Kindred Plc in 2017, a strategic acquisition primarily undertaken to significantly boost …

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AGCOM fines Google for failing on its ‘Decree duties’

AGCOM, Italy’s federal communications and media agency, has fined ‘Google Ireland Limited’ €100,000 for violating the advertising conditions and responsibilities of Italy’s ‘Dignity Decree’. The agency’s fine follows an inquiry launched last month which looked into Google Ads’ services promoting gambling-related adverts through its Italian search engine and display advertising network. In its notice, AGCOM stated that Google had been …

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Foreign operators seek ADM reassurances on licensing extensions

Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency faces a series of legal battles with foreign-based online gambling operators unless Italy’s government provides reassurances to operators allowing for licence extensions.  Confusion reigns within Italian igaming, following the Senate’s refusal to review two separate appeals to extend online betting, casino and bingo concessions for a further 18-months up to December 2022.   Legal certainty …

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