EU Opens Investigation Into German State-Owned Casinos

The European Commission has opened two investigations to determine whether Germany breached EU state aid rules by granting special tax treatment to public casino operators.

Several companies in the gambling sector have sent complaints to the commission regarding what they see as an unfair tax regime for public casino operators in Germany, some dating as far back as 2016.

Additionally, the commission said it has received complaints this year relating to an alleged guarantee by the German federal government that public casino operators will remain profitable.

The commission has now opened an in-depth investigation into the possible advantages for public casino operators in Germany and whether or not they are in line with EU state aid rules.

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