EGBA Criticises German Proposals

New proposals for changes to the regulatory framework in the German gambling industry have been criticised in part by a leading European industry body.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) have said that they welcome the fact that progress has been made towards a new state treaty that will govern gambling regulation from the summer of 2021, but they have also pressed the authorities in Germany to think again in some areas.

The proposals covering issues relating to consumer protection, as well as tax revenues for the German states and the oversight of the gambling sector have won the support of EGBA.

But the organisation has also criticised some of the measures in the current draft of the state treaty, including plans for more restrictions on advertising. They are also opposed to proposed restrictions on player account activity, as well as the regulations on live betting, which they said would be counter-productive in the new gambling market.

Regulatory environment

Speaking about the proposals, the Secretary General at EGBA, Maarten Haijer, said that the progress was overall good news, and a step towards setting up a regulatory environment that was fit for the modern digital era. And despite their disagreements, Haijer struck an optimistic tone:

“We look forward to providing formal comments to the proposals in due course and continuing a constructive dialogue with the German authorities.”

The draft treaty will be considered at a Minister-Presidents event on March 5, and if approved, will replace the current treaty, which runs out on June 30, 2021.

The new treaty is an attempt to overhaul the German gambling sector, particularly the online industry. But previous attempts to improve the regulations have been met with criticism from the European Union, which raised concerns about some of the regulations that limit foreign competition in the sector, particularly those introduced by the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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