Bulgaria is one of the most emerging Eastern European gaming markets. Since 1993, when the first gaming regulation was adopted, the new opportunities of the Balkan region and particularly Bulgaria, have determined the dynamics in the gaming sector. The growth in the leisure industry was supported with the interest of new foreign investments in the entertainment sector.
In a Ministerial written statement of 14th July 2011, John Penrose MP, the Minister with responsibility for gambling has confirmed the UK Government’s intention to pass primary legislation to amend the Gambling Act 2005 to revise the UK‘s approach to remote gambling licensing. This much delayed but widely anticipated response to the public consultation initiated by the last government cites consumer protection concerns arising from the fact that, as a result of the current British law…
On May 28 the Spanish Gambling Act (Ley 13/2011 de Regulación del Juego) was published in the Spanish State Gazette, becoming enforceable the day after. However, between then and the day the first licences are granted (or, at the latest, January 1, 2012) – the so-called ‘transition period’ – operators that are currently taking players from Spain will not be subject to sanctions for running their games.
On 3 December 2009 the Belgian Parliament adopted the new Belgian Gaming Act, entered into force on 1 January 2011 even though its implementing provisions (Royal Decrees of execution) had not been adopted given that the Belgian government was outgoing. Further to the new Gaming Act, online gambling licenses may only be issued to land-based operators already operating in Belgium under an A, B or F1 license (the so-called “offline requirement”). They are therefore referred to by the legislator as “supplementary licenses”.
It is generally known that the sports betting market will be opened at the beginning of 2012. The only issue which is still being discussed is how this is going to take place. In the meantime, the German football league (DFL) does not want to leave its fate in the hands of the 15 states and the draft submitted by them (E 15 draft). If the DFL has its way, the Bundesliga fixtures will, from January 2012 onwards, no longer be available for everybody for commercial utilisation…
With more than four million players, the German online poker market is the second largest world-wide. However, with regard to the legal framework, online poker does not even exist in this country. The players are acting in a grey zone; putting it bluntly, one could even say they are committing a crime. Up to now, the only federal state is willing to change this is Schleswig-Holstein – “the others will have to follow suit as soon as possible”, is the opinion of Wulf Hambach and Stefan Bolay.
Brussels/Kiel/Munich, July 2011 – What had to happen, happened: On eleven pages, the European Commission has torn to pieces the proposal for a new inter-state treaty on gambling (GlüStV) submitted by 15 federal states (E 15) – not including Schleswig-Holstein. Brussels criticises the E 15 draft in particular because it provides for seven time-restricted national licences from 2012 onwards, which at best constitutes a conditional opening of the sports betting market.
Dachanstaltsmodell der Bundesländer und so genannte Experimentierklausel stoßen auf kartellrechtliche Bedenken. Die Absicht der Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz, im Rahmen des neuen Glücksspielstaatsvertrages (GlüStV) eine gemeinsame „Dachanstalt“ aller Länder als Lotterie-Veranstalter nach § 10 Abs. 2 Satz 1 zu begründen, stößt bei Experten auf Bedenken, und das insbesondere mit Blick auf kartellrechtliche Fragestellungen
An analysis of the following essays: Streinz/Kruis: „Unionsrechtliche Vorgaben und mitgliedstaatliche Gestaltungsspielräume im Bereich des Glücksspielrechts“ (Requirements under union law and discretion of the member states with regard to the design of gambling law) (NJW 2010, 3745 et seq.) and Heine: „Glücksspielstaatsvertrag ade? – Zur Bedeutung der jüngsten EuGH-Rechtsprechung“ (Goodbye to the Inter-State Treaty on Gambling? – On the consequences of the latest ECJ judgments) (NJW-aktuell 41/2010, 16 et seq.)
Eine Auswertung der Aufsätze von Streinz/Kruis: „Unionsrechtliche Vorgaben und mitgliedstaatliche Gestaltungsspielräume im Bereich des Glücksspielrechts“ (NJW 52/2010, 3745 ff.) und Heine: „Glücksspielstaatsvertrag ade? – Zur Bedeutung der jüngsten EuGH-Rechtsprechung“ (NJW-aktuell 41/2010, 16 ff.) durch Dr. Stefan Bolay, Hambach & Hambach Rechtsanwälte.