Tag Archives: EC

DSWV: Federal tax approval sees GlüNeuRStv become dead on arrival

Germany’s Sports Betting Association, DSWV, has lambasted the Bundesrat and Bundestag’s decision to uphold the Fourth State Treaty on Gambling’s (GlüNeuRStv) controversial tax regime. Securing its federal approval this week, Germany’s legislature ratified for GlüNeuRStv to maintain its much-disputed 5.3% wagering tax on online casino and poker verticals. Prior to the Bundesrat vote, the DSWV had called for the tax …

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EGBA warns operators of advertising duties during Euro 2020

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reaffirmed that its members will observe its Code-of-Conduct on responsible advertising throughout the course of a rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 Championships  (11 June to 11 July). The Brussels based trade body launched its code-of-conduct on responsible advertising last April, to ease regulatory concerns on gambling advertising during the height of Europe’s COVID-19 …

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Winning Post: Germany’s tax challenge… dumm und dummer

Last week, online gambling trade associations demanded that the European Commission (EC) intervene and order German lawmakers to justify a discriminatory 5.3% turnover tax on online casino and poker verticals. Though market stakeholders may get their desired response on taxes, Regulus Partners states that an EU-level intervention will have little to no impact on Germany’s illogical approach to adopting a …

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EGBA supports common e-ID verification approach 

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has given its support to the European Commission’s proposal for member states to adopt a ‘European electronic identity wallets’, e-ID.  Reforming the EU’s current ‘eIDAS’ regulation, the EC has proposed that EU public and private sector organisations should offer EU citizens the right to verify their identity through a common e-ID system. Recognising …

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Martin Lycka – Torn souls of the great regulatory game

GVC Holdings’ Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka offers an insight into the lives of the gambling industry’s regulatory experts.  _________  ‘Hic sunt leones’ –  here are lions, is a phrase used in times gone by to denote unknown territories on maps. At the time of its first visionaries, there would have been no easier task than drawing a regulatory …

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Greece approves passage of new gambling bill modernising industry frameworks

The Greek government has settled on amendments to finally approve the passage of its revamped gambling bill, launching the country’s first regulated online gambling framework. First sanctioned in September 2018 with the aim of overhauling Greek gambling’s licensing regime and industry-wide regulations, final provisions of the new gambling bill have been approved by the European Commission (EC) and Greece’s House …

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IBIA notifies EC of Lower Austria’s irrational betting restrictions

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has submitted its response to the European Commission (EC), in relation to the state of Lower Austria drafting its ‘Sports Betting Act’ which seeks an assessment on compatibility with European Union laws. Last August the executive of Lower Austria, published its draft legislative mandate seeking to comprehensively revamp its state wagering laws, that have …

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Cyprus seeks EC clearance of reworked national gambling framework

The government of Cyprus has submitted its restructured national gambling regulatory framework, to be reviewed by the European Commission (EC). Cyprus is seeking to modernise its national gambling framework, allowing for new regulations and licensing for both retail and digital betting services. Cyprus had first submitted its ‘Betting Law 2017’ proposal last June to the Commission. The EU had requested …

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ESSA reports 53 suspicious betting alerts during Q2 2017

International betting integrity body ESSA reported 53 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the second quarter (Q2) of 2017; this was made up of 31 suspicious betting cases in tennis, followed by football with 15 cases, basketball five and one case each for handball and volleyball. ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali commented on the update: “Betting integrity …

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EC allows Denmark to open up bingo & horseracing markets as Danske Spil loses market monopoly

The European Commission (EC) has permitted the Danish government to open up its online bingo and horseracing wagering markets, ending the monopoly position of state-owned gambling operator Danske Spil. The Danish government, in accordance with European Union business laws, wants to liberalise its bingo and horseracing markets. The government had asked the EC for a review of its draft laws …

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