The Spanish region of Valencia has informed the European Commission of its draft amendments to Decree 115/2006 on the rules for gaming machines. The new rules would adapt existing regulations to recently-modified gaming machines, in a response to constantly changing economic, social and technological innovations. The standstill period will last until 19 October 2009. Source: Euromat
While historically Armenia's gambling market has centered around the capital city, recent legislative reforms call for Russian influenced gambling zones outside of the capital city and removed from urban areas. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
In spite of a formal letter sent by the European Commission, criticising the proposed law on online gambling in Belgium, the Belgian Parliament has already adopted the law without making any amendments and has passed it on to the Senate for further approval. It is expected that the Senate will, by 26 October 2009, introduce changes reflecting the European Commission's comments on the draft law.
The future of the Bolivian gaming sector now rests on an upcoming vote in the country's Senate after harsh anti-gambling legislation was provisionally approved in the lower house of Congress last month. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
The Danish government is set to propose new legislation to the European Commission that would open the national gaming market to competition from private and foreign operators. Currently, Danske Spil, the gaming monopoly, earns around 11 billion kroner (€134 million) per year. New operators on the Danish market would have to purchase a state licence and would also pay a tax on 15-20% of gaming revenue. Source: Euromat
The Danish minister of taxation said he does not see any prospect of the regulation of online gambling being harmonised across Europe as his own country continues to move towards a more liberalised market in 2011. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
Finland is in the final stages of a reform project begun in 2007. Advertising of online gambling is coming in for scrutiny, through prosecutions and a current Interior Ministry investigation into the broadcast of the European Champions League. The outcome of next week's bwin Liga case before the ECJ will have implications on the future of Finland's reforms. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
France's gaming draft bill, which would lead to a sweeping reform of the industry seems to have cleared another hurdle at the EU level but has yet to be passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, a process which could drag for another year. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
Analysts and legal experts expect the ECJ's ‘Bwin Liga' ruling will act to further freeze out those private internet gaming operators still active in the German market, but the country's state monopolies may await further clarity from the European Court next year before expanding their own presence to the web. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
ISLE OF MAN
The Isle of Man is seeking bilateral agreements with European countries which are moving towards liberalising their gambling markets, as hopes fade that inclusion on the UK white list will give its operators a passport into other EU member states. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
On the eve of another major European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision, the legal status of the unauthorised betting outlets that provoked the Gambelli and Placanica ECJ cases is continuing to haunt the Italian authorities. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
As the consultation process on a new gaming law approaches its final stage, Liechtenstein looks set to begin a tender process that will see it issue casino licences and possibly remote gaming licences. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
With the ink still drying on its deal with Gioco Digitale, Vienna-based Bwin is now set to acquire a majority stake in Dutch multiplayer online gaming provider United Games. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
An advisory committee has been formed to assess whether the Dutch government should revisit plans to extend Holland Casino's gaming monopoly to the internet, as upcoming hearings on cases involving Betfair and Ladbrokes put Holland next in line for ECJ scrutiny. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
UK-based bookmaker Ladbrokes has decided to drop a five-year legal challenge to Norway's gambling monopoly, focusing its immediate attention on a threatened payments ban in the country. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will be ready to announce its verdict on the high-profile Portuguese ‘Bwin Liga' case next week, on the 8th of September. The judgement has been eagerly awaited by online gaming operators throughout Europe, as it is the first ECJ case to address restrictions on cross-border gambling services in relation to the internet. The ruling also comes at a time when 19 out of the 27 Member States are presently reforming their own online gaming markets and as such it may prove to have significant consequences for the future of their own cross-border internet gaming operations. The Secretariat will keep you informed of any developments. Source: Euromat
The Portuguese government has obtained a landmark victory after the ECJ ruled that the monopoly over internet gambling granted to Santa Casa, a charitable organization, is compliant with EU law. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
The Romanian government has notified the European Commission of its decision to apply the methodological guidelines for the Government emergency ordinance on the organisation and operation of gambling games. It has been stated that the older normative documents no longer match the more modern economic and technical realities in the gambling sector. Source: Euromat
Authorities in Russia are taking steps to close a loophole that has allowed some slot machines to continue in operation as lottery terminals, further extending the national ban on gambling.
The draft Swedish gambling laws, proposed in December 2008, have been opposed in a consultation process by the European private sector, Swedish communications and media groups and the Swedish football association, causing the Swedish government to redraft the original proposal. New measures like ISP and payments blocking could be viewed by the European Commission as violations of EU laws on competition and provision of services. Source: Euromat
A Swedish Court has this month ruled in favour of Ladbrokes against Swedish state monopoly Svenska Spel, who had filed a lawsuit against the UK bookmaker for breaching trademark laws in connection with the company's "Swedish games with English odds" advertising campaign in the country. Source: GamingIntelligence.com
The chief executive of UK-listed Sportingbet has admitted his company has sought out a second poker network supplier because its current supplier G2 (formerly Boss Media) was unwilling to supply the company a network that would accept Turkish players. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
Gambling operators in Ukraine are trying to beat the government's ban on gaming by using a legal loophole to run internet clubs offering offshore betting. Source: GamblingCompliance.com
Live interactive casino gambling will be introduced on terrestrial television in the UK for the first time later this month following a deal between NetPlay and Five.
Gambling opponents challenging plans to install up to 17,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs) at horse racing tracks across the state of Ohio received a major boost Monday when the State Supreme Court ruled that provisions in the state's budget bill authorising the installation are subject to a state-wide voter referendum, since they do not fall within any of the exceptions set forth in the Ohio Constitution.