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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Online gambling - jurisdictions - Germany

Germany gambling licenses

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time it has a strong creative economy and a dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with 82 million inhabitants.


Corporate tax: 15%
Gambling tax: TBA%



Who manages E-Gambling in Germany?
The Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG) does not permit online casino games whatsoever and there is a maximum of 20 licences that can be granted to sports betting operators at any one time.
Though in 2012 the state of Schleswig-Holstein granted approximately 50 licenses for online sports bets and online casino games.

Overview:
In 2013, Schleswig Holstein’s gambling law (in force for about a year) was ended by Germany's newly elected state government. The reversal of the act was criticised by the EU Commission as it was done without sufficient justification. As of February 2013, all German federal states have adopted the ISTG (the Interstate Treaty in Gambling). While administrative courts generally tended to agree to the prohibition orders issued against private providers of online gambling services in the past, 2014 saw quite a number of court decisions which favoured private provider. The small Federal State of Schleswig Holstein, under which more than 50 licenses for online gambling and sports betting had been granted though the act was withdrawn in 2013, the licenses granted are valid until 2018 (six years).

The Schleswig-Holstein gambling act read as follows “Under Paragraph 19, section one, foreign operators will be allowed to apply for a licence if they are based in the EU or the EEA. The original wording of the law, according to which operators were required to have their “registered office, central administration or principal place of business” in one of the EU/EEA states has been changed to registered office, central administration or place of business”, which means that to have a place of business in the above mentioned areas will be all that is sufficient. Allowed to authorise one casino to move its products online. As the European Commission indicated in its detailed opinion according to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, to require operators of online casino games to have a permanent seat in Germany is a restriction on the freedom of services and as such it has to be indispensable to achieve the goals of the regulation.”



Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The country’s legislation is fully incorporated with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Forty Recommendations on Money Laundering.

Country Restrictions:
Sports betting are allowed but not online games of chance.

Online casinos licensed in Schleswig Holstein:
onlinecasino.de
casino-spiele

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