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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 orders EC complaint against Bundesrat discriminative tax

The European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) has disclosed its formal complaint submitted to the European Commission (EC) in relation to the German Bundesrat (federal council) proposing to set a 5.3% tax on online poker and slots stakes.  The Brussels-based trade association had previously warned the Bundesrat to terminate its proposed tax charge, which has been deemed to be non-compliant …

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EC probe demands Germany justify its online gambling tax regime

An intervention by the European Commission may force Germany’s Bundesrat (federal council) to delay its final vote on approving its proposed 5.3% tax charge on player stakes, to be enforced on online slots and poker verticals. The controversial tax charge, remains the outstanding issue for Germany’s Bundesländer (state governments) to resolve in order for all provisions of the Fourth Interstate …

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IBIA enhances reach with integration of Gaming1

The International Betting Integrity Agency (IBIA) has enhanced its global reach and presence via the addition of Gaming1, a prominent Belgian gaming operator. Part of the Argent Group, Gaming1 maintains a large portfolio focusing on the European and American markets, including both retail and online sports betting brands such as Circus and Zamba. Gaming1’s brands will feed into the IBIA’s …

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European Lotteries unites with WoTA and ECA to target illegal gambling

The European Lotteries (EL), World Tote Association (WoTA) and European Casinos Association (ECA) have joined forces to fight illegal gambling in Europe. All three bodies have welcomed the European Commission’s Digital Services Act, which it intends to use to modernise the rules applicable to the online gambling environment. The Act aims to introduce a notice-and-action mechanism that will enable all …

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EGBA welcomes European Commission’s DSA proposals

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has welcomed new proposals made in the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act (DSA). The publication of the proposals follows on from the Commission’s calls for ‘an ambitious reform of the digital space’.  The long-awaited legislative proposal, which will support the Digital Markets Act, will introduce rules for regulating large digital …

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Spain moves forward on federal self-exclusion registry

The regional governments of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities have agreed to collaborate in developing an ‘interconnected self-exclusion registry’ covering all forms of gambling (land-based and digital). The decision follows a meeting of Spain’s ‘Gambling Policy Council’, chaired by Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón. The development of a central gambling self-exclusion scheme was majority approved, with the government of Catalonia …

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EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights

Ahead of the publication of European Commission’s consumer strategy, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called for the introduction of a specific single set of consumer rights that apply to the online gambling sector. In its submission to the roadmap, the EGBA highlighted the reasons why a specific single set of consumer rights for the online gambling sector …

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KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands regulatory authority for gambling, has issued a market warning stating that it will not tolerate ‘COVID-19 gambling advertising’.  The KSA stated that it has taken 14 direct actions against unlicensed online operators advertising ‘Corona-Free Gambling messages’ during national lockdown. René Jansen, KSA Chairman, said that the regulatory agency will ‘apply the heaviest penalties’ against offending operators, …

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Andrea Vota named director general of Jdigital

Following an Extraordinary Assembly, Spanish trade association Jdigital has approved the appointment of Andrea Vota as the new director general. Vota, who’s appointment gained unanimous approval, is a consultant specializing in political stakeholder management and corporate communications. He has formerly worked for international Public Affairs firm Political Intelligence and as public affairs lead for German professional IT services provider CIRC. …

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