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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Online Gambling - Jurisdictions - Austria


Austria Gambling Licenses

Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country in East Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Republic of Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Corporate tax: 25%
Gambling tax: 16%


Who manages E-Gambling in Austria?
Gambling, casinos, and lotteries are regulated by the Law on Games of Chance (GSpG) and fall within the remit of the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance is also the responsible authority for the supervision of licensed companies.


Overview:
Based on the Austrian Gaming Act (Glücksspielgesetz), Austria-based companies are eligible for online gaming licenses to offer lottery services and casino games via the Internet, mobile phones, and interactive television but only Austrian residents are allowed to play. Foreign operators are required to have a corporation with a supervisory board, with a registered office on domestic territory or such a corporation founded within three months from obtaining a concession. The arrangement, organization, or provision of illegal online casino games is an offense as well as the promoting, arranging, or enabling the participation in online casino games. Offenses are also in place for the transfer of funds by banks paid by players to an organizer or provider of “illegal” online casino games.

Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries (Österreichische Lotterien GmbH) have been issued online gaming licenses to conduct online lotteries and casino games, thereby creating a monopoly. Austrian citizens may gamble online with foreign operators. Austria views remote bookmaking services as an extension of state-licensed, land-based operations.



Licence Fee:
€ 10 000.00

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The A-FIU is responsible for (i) combating money laundering by receiving, analysing and disseminating money laundering-related STRs, as well as for (ii) the receipt, analysis and dissemination of terrorist financing-related STRs for the purposes of money laundering. Should the STRs received by the A-FIU relate to terrorist financing then the A-FIU has to forward them to the Federal Agency for State Protection Counter Terrorism (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung – BVT) which remains the competent authority for combating terrorist financing as such.

Austria Restrictions:
Each licensee has to set up legal entity in Austria. However, if the licensee has a comparable license in its host country and if there exists a comparable state authority providing information exchange and effecting control measures on site, the a foreign licensee can operate via an Austrian branch.

Contact Details:
Address : Austrian Ministry of Finance, Hintere Zollamtsstraße 2b, Vienna, Wien, Austria 1030
Website: english.bmf.gv.at
Email: buergerservice@bmf.gv.at
General Information: +43 1 514 330

Online casinos licensed in Austria:
Clover Betting
GW Bet
SJ Bet
Top Win

Online gambling - Jurisdictions - Belgium

Belgium Gambling Licenses

Belgium officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 sq mi) and has a population of about 11 million people.

Corporate tax: 33%
Gambling tax: TBA%


Who manages E-Gambling in Belgium?
The Gaming Commission instituted in 1999 is the main body responsible for issuing gaming licenses.

Overview:
In January 2011, the new Belgian Gambling Act was enacted. Online games of chance were placed under the supervision of the Gaming Commission. The online licenses (A+, B+, and F1+) allow licensees of the following class licenses to operate games of chance online: Class A (operating casino operations); Class B (operating gaming arcades); and Class F1 (organizing wagers).Under the new Act, only licensed, land-based operators in Belgium may apply for an online license. The operators’ online gaming servers must be located in Belgium and the online games must be the same games offered in land-based operations. This law requires gaming operators to align themselves with an established brick-and-mortar Belgium casino or own one or more themselves. All operators are required to pay a €250,000 guarantee fee. All prior taxes and debts of license applicants must be paid prior to submitting an application. Operators are required to pay an 11 percent tax on all gross gaming revenues. The horse racing tax is 3 percent and pari-mutuel bets on foreign horse races are taxed at 3.7 percent.

The Act also increased the powers of the Gaming Commission, which can now impose fines in case of breach of the Gambling Act. The Act provides criminal penalties and/or administrative sanctions for any person involved in illegal games of chance. This not only applies to the operator who facilitates the illegal games of chance but also to participants.


Licence Fee:
Three licences available as follows:
NINE A+ licences (for casinos to operate online) Licence deposit of €250,000
180 B+ licences (for gaming arcades) Licence deposit of €75,000
34 F1+ licences (for wagers)

Licence Length:
TBA

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
Financial information must be submitted upon applications regardless of which licence you’re applying for.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
Belgium has the core elements of a sound anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regime, although some elements are not yet fully in line with the 2012 FATF Recommendations.

Country Restrictions:
Belgium allows for online gaming and gambilng exclusively to Belgian customers

Contact Details: 
Address:
Commission des Jeux de Hasard (Belgium Gaming Commission)
115 Boulevard de Waterloo
Bruxelles
Belgium
1000

General Information: +32 25-040040
Fax: +32 25-040066

Online casinos licensed in Belgium :
36Win.be
betFIRST.be
Casino777
Golden Palace Belgium
Grand Games
Jackpot Party.be
Lucky Games
MirageGames
Napoleon Games
Partouche.be
PokerStars.be
Versailles Palace
win2day.be

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