Schleswig-Holstein Moving Forward with Gambling Act

By Debra SaundersGoogle

Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of the sixteen states of Germany, took its first steps in late 2011 towards the deregulation of its current system and the adoption of its own online casino games legislation. The new Gambling Act came into effect on January 1, 2012 and has allowed for licensed businesses to begin operation in March 2012.  The European Commission approved the legislation.

The decision to pass the Gambling Act in Schleswig-Holstein passed by a narrow margin of one vote, with supporters advocating that the new system would not create a gambling free-for-all. Supporters emphasized the fact that as a result of the new system about sixty million euro is expected to be generated in tax revenue.

With Schleswig-Holstein’s recent changes in its online casino games laws, the government is expecting a significant increase in online gaming license applications. The Interior Ministry has already confirmed that they have received seven applications in the last few days - six from sports betting operators and the seventh from a casino operator.

In discussing the status of other states’ gaming legislation, Klaus Schlie, Interior Minister, said that rather than Schleswig-Holstein abandoning its European Commission approved gaming legislation in favor of the more restrictive systems adopted by the other fifteen German states, they should prepare to take on the Schleswig-Holstein system.

He said, “The treaty agreed upon by the latter was not ratified by Brussels,” also stating that he doubts it will move forward as “it cannot justify why, for example, the number of licenses is restricted to twenty”.

Gaming licenses are expected to be valid for six years in Schleswig-Holstein. The European Commission is expected to rule on the gaming systems proposed by the other fifteen German states within the coming weeks.


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