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EC investigates Bundesland casino tax regimes

The European Commission has confirmed this week that it will investigate German state regulatory frameworks attached to land-based casino taxation policy to assess whether certain tax grants favour state-owned operators. Confirming its investigation, the EC details that it has received several complaints branding Bundesland (German state) tax grants and guarantees offered to ‘public casinos’ as forms of state aid, breaching …

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IBIA boosts platform ranks as Kambi joins integrity body

Sports betting platform and systems provider Kambi has strengthened its commitment to integrity after becoming the latest to join the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). Under the terms of its membership, Kambi will be able to both utilise the IBIA’s global monitoring and alert platform, as well as feed data into the platform in order to strengthen betting integrity. The …

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Italy’s new coalition hikes taxes again on machine revenues

No respite will be offered to Italian gambling incumbents, as the newly installed 5Star-DP coalition government confirms the fourth set of tax hikes on gaming machines sanctioned over the past year. Inbound with 5Star-DP’s first ‘Budget Law’ decree, Italian gambling faces an increase in video lottery terminals (VLT) turnover tax to 9% – formerly set at 7.9%. Meanwhile, arcade operators …

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Bet on Alfa demonstrates integrity commitment with IBIA membership

Bet on Alfa has become the latest sports betting operator to join the recently-rebranded International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), joining the likes of Virgin Bet and the Bethard Group. Under the terms of its membership, Bet on Alfa will be able to both utilise the IBIA’s global monitoring and alert platform, as well as feed data into the platform in …

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EGBA urges European Commission to standardise gambling laws

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged the European Commission to develop a new regulatory framework which will both clarify and standardise gambling laws across Europe.  Disclosed as part of an open letter to the European Commission, EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer explained that he felt ‘the cross-border online betting world is hamstrung by a patchwork of national …

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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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German states back Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework

The parliament for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed that Germany’s sixteen federal Bundesland (provincial governments) have backed its proposed framework on regulating online gambling services by a majority. German states will back the adoption of the Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework, allowing operators to extend existing igaming licenses until June 30, 2021.  Proposed last March, the Schleswig-Holstein framework will allow …

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No Harmony! EGBA outlines EU-wide failings on protection & responsibility standards

Online gambling trade body the European Gaming and Betting Association  (EGBA) has published its latest study ‘Consumer Protection in EU Online Gambling Regulation’, outlining significant all-around failings in consumer protections across EU member states. The study is authored by Dr Margaret Carran of City University London and reveals an un-harmonised and unequal marketplace with regards to online consumer protections which …

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LeoVegas shows Dignity Decree defiance through EU complaint

As the Italian Lega-5Star coalition government moves to implement its ban on gambling advertising, forming part of its Dignity Decree, Stockholm-listed LeoVegas has submitted a formal complaint to the EU. Leading the complaint, Niklas Lindahl, Leo Vegas’ Managing Director for Italy, remains “convinced” the Decree will be overturned, because introducing it on 1 January 2019, as planned, would breach the …

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ESSA welcomes report recommending Indian gambling reform

Sports betting integrity body the ESSA has welcomed a report that recommends licensing and regulating gambling in India. The 145-page report, published by the Law Commission of India, concluded by saying that “there could always be an option to have a relook at the earlier approach of a complete ban”, due to the rise in online gambling making it far …

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