Danish Gambling Authority Seeks Quick Resolution from E.C.

Published Monday, May 09, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

Danish officials have been doing a re-think of recent amendments to the Danish gambling laws. The Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) has revised the laws to include an amendment which allows under strict controls and in “special cases” part of a licensee’s “gambling system” or servers to be located in countries or jurisdictions that are located outside of Denmark’s bilateral agreement framework.

The revision is specific and states, “In special cases, the Danish Gaming Authority may allow part of the licensee’s gambling system to be located in a country that is not covered by a bilateral supervision agreement in accordance with subsection 2 if supervision by the Danish Gaming Authority of this part of the gambling system can be conducted in a satisfactory manner.”
A senior technical adviser at the Danish Gambling Authority, Kristian Wind, said the case before the European Commission had had a chance to do another review and examined whether or not the new rules should allow operators’ servers to be located in jurisdictions other than Denmark. Mr. Wind explained, “We played out various scenarios and looked at where various companies were situated today and what effect this would have on them and decided that some companies would not be able to operate in Denmark if we only allowed their systems to be located within Denmark,”

It was hoped by the Authority that  the European Commission would be swift in making a decision so that Denmark could move forward and make the new liberalized rules law in a timely fashion and open up the market for business to foreign operators. Wind concluded, “Until then we have no target date,”

The Danish slot machine association and only one of the country’s six land-based casinos have filed complaints with the European Commission over proposed tax rates.
A senior associate in the EU & Competition Group at lawyers Olswang, commented on the complaints, “It is difficult to estimate how long the Commission will take to deal with this complaint because there is no applicable deadline. It could well take a matter of months if the Commission takes the allegations seriously.”



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