Tag Archives: ECJ

Voranzutreiben…German states to work on cohesive online gambling framework

German lawmakers appear to have reached an interstate agreement on the creation of a new national gambling framework which will abide with European Union business and competition laws. Last Friday, at its annual ministerial conference in Warnemünde, a press release was published detailing that Germany’s 16 states would work towards a treaty for gambling focusing on effective online gambling/sports betting …

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Industry cold on Hesse temporary licenses

Germany’s Hesse Ministry will allow online betting operators to apply for temporary licenses, while national regulators seek to overhaul the country’s licensing and regulatory framework. Updating industry stakeholders, Hesse courts will allow national and international operators to apply for ‘orders of tolerance’ until the 15 November. If approved, betting operators will be allowed to service online betting provisions to German …

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Betsson pays backdated taxes to German authorities 

Stating its intent to join a future regulated German sports betting market, Malta licensed European operator Betsson Plc has declared that it will pay historic taxes of circa SEK 113 million (£9 million) to the German government. Issuing a corporate statement declaring its goodwill intent, Betsson governance stated “Betsson still believes that it is not subject to a tax liability, but …

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Nein! ECJ rejects Hesse Ministry sports betting rulings

As expected, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has stated that Hesse Ministry gambling regulations cannot prosecute unlicensed sports betting operators, due to the fact that German betting laws run contrary to EU business practices and policies. Thursday’s announcement marks a further setback for the progression of online betting in Germany. However several German regulatory stakeholders and industry bodies, had …

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Racebets.com gains first German horse betting licence

German racing operator RaceBets.com has announced that it is the first firm to gain a horse betting licence by the German regulatory authority. The current horse betting laws were introduced in July 2012 and RaceBets are the first German bookmaker to fully comply with the new regulations. Patrick Byrne, RaceBets’ Managing Director, commented on the licensing  “We are delighted and exceptionally …

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ECJ delays German online betting framework review

The investigation by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) into Germany’s online sports betting regulatory framework developed by the Hesse Ministry of Interior and Sports (HMDIS) appears to have been delayed. An expected report on the ECJ findings regarding the make-up of the HMDIS framework, which has excluded a number of international operators from gaining online betting licenses, was expected …

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GBGA challenge sees POC tax referred to EU courts

The European Court of Justice should be referred to on important issues concerning the legality of a tax imposed on overseas gambling operators, according to a judgment handed down by the High Court, which could have major implications for the UK’s point of consumption regime. Law firm Olswang has claimed that if the current tax framework is found to be …

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Opposition mounts against German Sports betting bill

Pressure has been mounting on the Hesse Ministry of Interior and Sports (HMDIS) to restructure and reform its online sports betting framework, as the regulatory body receives further criticism regarding its legislation process. This week, the German Green Party were the latest critics of the framework, stating that HMDIS remove its 20 licence cap and include licensing provisions based on …

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German association calls for legal certainty

The 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. …

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Stanleybet loses EU suit over Italian licenses appeal

Stanley International online betting subsidiary Stanleybet Italia has lost its European Union (EU) lawsuit against Italian authorities regarding the assigned length of gambling licenses. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in favour of Italian gambling regulators, dismissing that betting licenses for new market entrants lasting 40 months were not unfair in comparison to established Italian gambling firms that had …

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