Online gambling has been a controversial subject in Germany which has resulted in numerous changes to the laws regarding the popular activity. Germany’s many jurisdictions have recently amended and approved the country’s new federal gambling treaty.
Last October at the German Prime Minister’s Conference in Warnemünde a press release was issued revealing that an agreement had been reached between the 16 German states that alluded to an effort to end to the stalled German gambling industry since the previous treaty was approved in 2012.
Now those leaders of the various states have approved the new State Treaty on Gambling, which lifts the previous treaty’s unpopular lid on the number of available sports betting licenses. The new Treaty demands more enforcement for unauthorized gambling operators.
Effective on January 1, 2018, the new treaty must still be ratified by each individual state’s lawmakers. In the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein the politicians have said the treaty is unlikely to be approved. The German Sports Betting Association called the vote “a small step in the right direction” but the new “restrictive” regulations are “not yet suitable for creating an attractive legal offering” The efforts are expected to fail to bring German gamblers to play at licensed web locations.
The European Commission has warned Germany that the new treaty will face the same legal challenges that derailed the 2012 treaty.
The EC stated this is “not a viable solution” to the problems created by the 2012 gambling treaty. Fault was found in the proposal to offer provisional permits to the original 20 license recipients and the 15 applicants who failed to make the first application. The Treaty does not mention other companies looking to secure German online gambling licenses. The Commission also mentioned other kinds of online gambling such as casino games and poker stating authorization should be considered in the country to protect German punters.