Tag Archives: European Union

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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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – GBGA Tax Ruling… Are all bets now off in Gibraltar?

Almost a year ago, the Government of Gibraltar issued a statement following the Brexit vote in which it said that it had been working closely with the remote gambling industry in Gibraltar following that vote and had assured them of its support and vision for the sector in the short, medium and long term. It went on to confirm that …

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CJEU rules against GBGA’s Gibraltar separate gambling tax status

The European Union Court of Justice (CJEU), the EU’s principal law court has ruled against the motion set by The Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association (GBGA), that the British overseas territory of Gibraltar should be treated as an independent tax jurisdiction. The GBGA had set its EU legal dispute against the UK government relating to ‘Point-of-Consumption (POC)’ taxes introduced in …

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GVC exits ‘unworkable’ Czech Republic market

FTSE-listed online gambling group GVC Holdings will not pursue operator licensing for the regulated Czech Republic online gambling market. Sending a communication to Czech affiliates and media partners, the operator has stated that following a review of market conditions it has concluded that current gaming laws are ‘incompatible with the principles of the European Union’. The operator had previously withdrawn …

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NEIN! EC states the German amended betting treaty is unfit for business purpose

Hopes of progressing Germany’s licensed sports betting agenda have been further dashed by the European Commission, who have dismissed new legislation presented in the ‘Second State Treaty’ as a ‘non-viable solution’.   Pressured by industry stakeholders and sporting bodies, German officials rushed to present new amendments to the EU last October, with the purpose of amending the national gambling framework …

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Integrity Matters…BetStars joins ESSA membership body

International betting integrity body ESSA has been boosted by the addition of Amaya Inc online betting subsidiary BetStars to its increasing roster of members. The inclusion of BetStars, takes ESSA’s current membership to 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands. Joining the programme, BetStars will work ESSA partners to help combat match-fixing cases and sports integrity …

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Pinnacle exits Polish sports betting market

Curacao and Malta-licensed online sportsbook Pinnacle has confirmed that it has withdrawn its betting services from the Polish market. The bookmaker updated its customer base on the market withdrawal stating that it wished to comply with new Polish gambling laws approved in December 2016. As a result of its decision, Pinnacle will move to make all Polish registered accounts inactive …

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Germany proposes new gambling treaty amendments to EU officials

German government officials appear intent on amending the country’s controversial sports betting regulatory provisions, notifying European Union courts of wholesale changes to its ‘State Treaty on Games of Chance’. Pressed by industry stakeholders and sports bodies, German regulators have drafted a ‘Second State Treaty’ with the purpose of amending current gambling regulations. Notifying EU officials, the proposed treaty aims to …

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Voranzutreiben…German states to work on cohesive online gambling framework

German lawmakers appear to have reached an interstate agreement on the creation of a new national gambling framework which will abide with European Union business and competition laws. Last Friday, at its annual ministerial conference in Warnemünde, a press release was published detailing that Germany’s 16 states would work towards a treaty for gambling focusing on effective online gambling/sports betting …

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Casinos Austria shareholders planning legal action

Reuters is reporting that a group of Czech investors is to take action against Austria’s Finance Ministry after failing to increase its ownership of gaming operator Casinos Austria. The investors already own 11.3% through a joint venture called Austrian Gaming Holding (AGH) and believed that this shareholding provided them with first refusal on any future sale of stock. AGH is …

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