European Commission Questions Germany's Interim Gambling Regime

The European Commission has questioned whether the proposed interim German gambling regime is so restrictive and short-lived it will not meet its goals of encouraging operators to obtain a licence and players to gamble with legal operators. 

German officials are being asked to explain how an 18-month "experimentation period" through to June 2021 will help prevent illegal black-market gambling, according to the letter from the commission.

"The fact that the experimentation phase may be extended until June 30, 2024 does not significantly increase the attractiveness of the legalised competitive markets in the amended regime," wrote Lowri Evans, former commission director-general of the internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and small to medium-sized enterprises.

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