Germany's Online Gambling Legislation Saga Continues

Published Monday, September 25, 2017 -
Germany's Online Gambling Legislation Saga Continues

Germany has been trying to amend its online gambling laws for years without much success. The northernmost Schleswig-Holstein state in Germany has once again refused to alter the Interstate Treaty on Gambling. The state revealed plans for the introduction of an extended gambling regulation framework including online of it own.

In 2012 the Treaty proposed the legalization and regulation of online sports betting services within Germany’s borders. Fifteen of Germany’s sixteen states voted for the legislation which resulted in the European Commission stating the restricted regulatory framework violated EU principles of free trade within the Union.

In March of 2017, the Interstate Treaty on Gambling was amended in part, to satisfy the European Commission’s requirements by 2018. The restriction on the number of online gambling licenses was doubled from 20 to 40 but the recently elected Schleswig-Holstein government indicated that it would probably not approve the recent changes to the gambling treaty.

The Schleswig-Holstein legislators are saying the Interstate Treaty on Gambling doesn’t go far enough to address the issues facing vulnerable people who are at risk or addicted to gambling. The politicians are convinced the latest move to amend the law doesn’t make the legislation E.U. compliant. The stand alone government says other forms of online betting including casino and poker should be regulated and offered to punters in Germany by 2018.

The Schleswig-Holstein state wants to impose its own gambling laws that would comply with the European Union’s requirements by allowing more wagering offers from a larger suppliers list.

The future of Germany’s online gambling industry is unclear because of the conflicting views of the rogue state and the requirement that all of Germany’s jurisdictions must agree on the legislation for it to pass as law. The Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics recently published a 300-page review of the new gambling law.






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