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German Minister Claims Online Betting Legislation In The Country Urgently Needs Attention


German Minister Claims Online Betting Legislation In The Country Urgently Needs Attention

André Schröder, Saxony-Anhalt Finance Minister has warned that all the efforts to legitimatise online gambling in Germany will go in vain if its sixteen individual states don't implement the anticipated interstate treaty on gambling at the earliest.

The treaty was first announced in 2012 to safeguard gambling environment for the gamblers in the country. As per the treaty, licensed online sports betting services were allowed with a limit of 20 available licenses. The European Union’s Court of Justice later challenged the provision by the licences preventing the free movement of services between the EU members.

The first licenses were granted in 2014 to the operators. However, a large number of big operators like bet365, Tipico, along with other applicants were unsuccessful in their applications, which led to a legal challenge of the new law. The court approved the challenge creating chaos with all the German states and operators jumping into it.

In March 2017, the license limit was increased to a 40, with 35 international betting operators in a desire to enter the German market.

For the Interstate Treaty to pass, all the individual 16 states are required to approve and take up the legislation by January 1, 2018. Schröder is, however, calling other states as well to endorse the legislation to the earliest, avoiding it from becoming obsolete.