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Denmark Expects Gambling Resolution Soon

16 September 2011 by admin

DENMARKDanish players who are eagerly awaiting online gambling regulation may not have to wait much longer. Reports out of Denmark indicate that the Danish Gaming Authority is confident that a decision from the European Union on their proposed gambling law will be received by the end of the year.

Originally, the European Court of Justice was expected to rule on a discrimination complaint in June. The decision was then delayed by the EU’s summer break. With the court back in session, the expectation is that they will give the legislation priority status.

The complaint comes from a slot machine association in Denmark as well as the operator of Royal Casino, a brick and mortar casino located in Aarhus, Denmark. In the complaint, they say that the proposed online gambling regulation is unfair because it takes online gambling operators at a much lower rate than the brick and mortar counterparts. The legislation proposes a 20% tax rate on online operators, but the current tax rate for brick and mortar casinos is 41%. There is no proposal to lower that rate to match that of the online gambling companies. According to the complaint, that creates unfair competition in Denmark’s gambling market.

The legislation was passed back in 2010 and the newly liberalized regulation of the gambling market was set to take effect starting January 2011. Complaints to the EU about the fairness of the tax rate have delayed its implementation, but the hope is that Denmark will have a new, liberalized online casino industry early next year.

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