The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomed the progress made on Germany’s new draught Gaming Regulation State Treaty, but advised the gaming authorities to rethink some of the proposals put forward.
The EGBA has backed the recommendations made that centred on consumer protection, state tax revenues and regulatory oversight of gambling.
However, it stressed that some of the proposals made in the current draught treaty, such as imposing restrictions on advertising, curbs on player account activity and restrictions on live betting, “would be detrimental and counterproductive to the intentions of the regulation’.
EGBA Secretary General Maarten Haijer commented: “This is a positive development towards bringing Germany’s gambling regulation into the 21st century. The challenge will be to deliver a new regulation which is fit for the digital age we live in, which provides a safer gambling environment for consumers and enables a well-regulated and well-channelled market.
“We look forward to providing formal comments to the proposals in due course and continuing a constructive dialogue with the German authorities.”
If agreed at the meeting of Minister-Presidents on 5 March, the new treaty will replace the existing second state treaty and come into force on 1 July 2021.
This aims to effectively regulate Germany’s gambling activity and ensure that gambling activity takes place within the legal, regulated gambling environment, particularly in the online sector.
Notwithstanding German treaty changes, the EU has consistently rejected Germany’s regulatory framework, stressing that German online gambling retains stringent market conditions as Schleswig-Holstein has opted to limit operator licences–considered a violation of foreign competition.