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Germans Push Back Online Gambling Decision

9 June 2011 by admin

The sixteen states that comprise Germany were supposed to sit down in July and settle on an online gambling policy to replace the German contract that is in place right now. The need for the overhaul is handed down from the European Union, who says that the current German contract is not coherent.

In other words, the EU thinks that the monopoly established in Germany at this point in time is too tight, and does not allow fair commerce to the EU at large. The German government however says that their current contract, which only allows state-own gambling businesses to offer gambling to citizens, does fall in with constitutional law as well as EU laws. Well perhaps it did when the contract was formed but it is likely that it no longer does since the opening up of the European online gambling market.

Now the heads of the sixteen German states have pushed back their meeting to settle on a new online gambling contract until October. They only have until December 31st to get a new online gambling contract in place.

So what is the cause for the hold up? “We want all sixteen [states] on board and there are a number of technical issues to iron out but we are making good progress toward finalizing a new contract in October,” said Kurt Beck, who is the prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Actually the technical problem might be a result of the Schleswig-Holstein online gambling bill. Like I said, there are sixteen German states that are trying to come together to establish a new contract. However, there is one state who saw the road online gambling was taking in the world, and created their own bill to expand online gambling within their state. It is likely that there are two bills, perhaps even more than that, which have to be reviewed by the EU and voted upon by the sixteen states to establish a contract for the entire country. In other words, some parley-ing needs to happen and it looks like it is not going to happen in time for the July deadline. Hence the new October deadline.

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