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CJEU Reviews Hungary Regulation CompliancePublished June 16, 2015 by Lee R
The Hungary review provides a glimpse into how national European regulatory requirements will be integrated with EU law.
Hungarian gambling law is under review by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), with implications for precedents affecting all online gambling adaptation in Europe.
Issues addressed by the CJEU in Hungary included taxation, the need to provide an attractive regulated offer and the requirement to notify gambling legislation.
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) secretary pointed out how the ruling on online gambling serves as a reminder to Hungary and all member states of the need for national gambling legislation in all EU countries to match EU legal requirements.
All legislation must respect stated EU regulatory objectives, while restrictions are justified by the national problems they address in Member States, such as gambling-related crime or gambling addiction. The new ruling conforms to the emerging CJEU case law on gambling in Europe.
This specific case was concerned with a 2012 amendment to Hungarian law on games of chance which prohibited the spread of slot machines use from casinos to amusement arcades.
Reviews Will Affect I-Gaming More
The requirement of the EU to make all member countries adapt their legislation to the overarching goals of the EU affects online gambling more heavily than land-based activities, at any rate. While technicalities of land use are being bandied about, the assertion of CJEU jurisdiction now indicates that countries adapting online regulation in Europe will be subject to further scrutiny and review by the European government body and body of law that CJEU represents.
EGBA is a Brussels-based non-profit association of leading private European gaming and betting operators including Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet, with the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) as an affiliate member of EGBA. The organization promotes the rights of over 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and have forged sponsorship deals and acquired sports streaming rights which have contributed over €800M to sports.