Operating with only a fragile majority, Greece's Syriza government is nevertheless pushing forward in 2019 with long-awaited plans to restructure and overhaul the country’s land-based and online gambling legislation.

As it seeks to end an uneasy period of temporary online licensing that has existed since 2011, the government is proposing to secure significant revenues from the sale of new licences and from taxation, although the limited scope of the new licences is proving controversial.

The much-delayed sale of the Hellenikon Integrated Resort project in central Athens should see a request for proposal (RFP) process begin this year as the government solicits interests from international investors.

With the rollout of the country’s new VLT sector now largely completed, in the land-based market a restructuring and relicensing of the country’s ailing casino sector is continuing following unexpected and welcome tax cuts last year. 

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Insight & Analysis

The Greek Ministry of Finance has tweaked the bidding qualifications and again extended the deadline for operators looking to win the rights to build Greece’s Hellenikon integrated resort in Athens.

A legislative fix to the regulatory problems surrounding OPAP’s lucrative video lottery terminal (VLT) network was passed last week in the...

Eyeing a bigger slice of the Greek online market, the new boss of Maltese betting company Interwetten has said that open licensing and a...

Regulatory Research

A formal licensing process for online gambling operators has yet to be opened in the country and the legislation does not currently list...
Online gambling reforms are among the Greek government's latest proposals to jumpstart economic growth, but clear data on the market is...

Data

Greece’s online gambling market boomed in 2018, swelling by more than a third, as it was buoyed by a profitable football World Cup and easier payments.