German Lander, Schleswig-Holstein, has passed a bill to reintroduce legal online gambling, that will allow operators to remain in the state while a federal framework is completed.
The bill was passed mid-May after securing approval from almost every voting bloc – the CDU, Greens, Free Democratic Party and the South Schleswig Voters’ Association. Only the SDP voted against.
The package will see operators taxed at a competitive 20 percent of revenues – and crucially puts no cap on the number of licences or the type of products provided.
The move to reintroduce the legislation came as licences certified in 2012 began to expire in December last year. However some had been reluctant to renew them while Germany’s 16 states are working on a new federal model set for 2021.
According to Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister for the Interior, Hans-Joachim Grote, current licence holders should now get their permits extended to 2021, to ensure players do not turn to the unprotected black market in the meantime.
“It is the legislature’s duty to limit the use of legal gambling, to a reasonable extent, to prevent addiction, to protect players – especially minors – to protect customers from fraud, and to ward off criminal activity,” said Grote.
“This can only be achieved with effective gambling regulation. The aim of this regulation is that gambling is conducted properly, fairly, responsibly and transparently.”
Germany’s other 15 Lander abide by the State Treaty, which limits operators to only sports betting, and without the all important in-play vertical.