German Online Gaming Licensing Decisions Issued in September

Published July 9, 2014 by Lee R

German Online Gaming Licensing Decisions Issued in September

This is only one bureaucratic hurdle removed in a German legislative process fraught with delays.

Finalization on German online gaming licensing will take place in a referendum set for September. In the days and weeks leading up to the proceedings, the Hessian Ministry of Interior plans to present future licensee proposals.

The licensing process for sports betting has been subject to extended and interminable delays, but the light is now visible at the end of the tunnel for the German bureaucratic process. This is because regulatory authorities in Germany have set dates beginning in September for handing down individual decisions on a case by case basis to previous applicants.

Proposal to be Submitted in the Coming Weeks

eGaming Review has learned that the Hessian Ministry of the Interior is to present the proposals to the German Gambling Council, comprised of the gambling regulation directors of each German state in the later weeks of this month and earlier weeks of August.

Swift decisions in December are expected.

Licenses Still Have Hurdles

The actual issuance of licenses may still take longer, mainly due to the expected contentiousness of applicants to any denials after this long wait. In effect, most all rejected applicants are expected to appeal the result, which would likely delay German government sanctioning of online gambling activity further.

The process itself has been oft-criticized, experiencing delays rooted to the filing of complaints by domestic operators about the lack of transparency in the process. That complaint emanates from the fact that the German regulatory body still has yet to publish licensing criteria.

German Government Lagging

The German government just recently missed a deadline to submit a report to the EU regarding the progress of online gamin legislation legislation, but so far no information or reports exist regarding submissions of said guidelines. The lack of information has resulted in pressure on the EC to launch so-called infringement proceedings against Germany, which legal experts still view as an ultimately unlikely scenario.

Catch-Up Time

One way or another, the German government has to find a way to unglue its legislation on online gaming in order to reap the inherent revenue benefits of online gaming regulation sooner rather than later.

Finalization on German online gaming licensing will take place in a referendum set for September. In the days and weeks leading up to the proceedings, the Hessia Ministry of Interior plans to present future licensee proposals.

 

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