Recent news reports reveal that the new plans for internet gaming in Germany have received a lot of criticism from the European Commission. As per the new and revised proposals, fifteen of Germany’s states were to be a part of an agreement on online gambling by which internet gaming sites were to be regulated.
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The European Commission found fault with these plans on account of the fact that they did not have sufficient proof to support their proposed plan of restrictions on internet gambling. These proposed gambling rules had also been the target of flak from many gambling companies.
Germany has 16 of its states that are currently enjoying a great position of monopoly on internet gambling in their respective regions. As per the revised laws for German internet gambling which were agreed upon by a majority vote of 15 out of the 16 states, 20 sports betting enterprises would be given licenses from the German government to operate nationwide.
The European Commission was very clear about what aspects of the plan it did not agree with and sent a letter on the same to Reuters. According to the report, the European Commission appeared to be pleased that the 15 states had made changes to its betting limits, stake sizes and the number of licenses to be issued which was set at 20. It was believed that 20 licenses would allow gambling companies to operate freely within the state and profit while producing revenue.
However, the European Commission denied the proposal citing grounds that it lacked the information to correctly evaluate and determine if the plans proposed would work in the long run for all involved.
Some of the gambling companies looking to enter the German market include the likes of Betfair, a UK based enterprise and – the joint company of Bwin and Party Gaming. Martin Cruddace, the head of regulatory affairs in Betfair, commented on the European Commission’s recent rejection. “The proposals contravene fundamental EU free market principles and it is only right that the Commission acts to prevent member states from enacting legislation designed to keep local monopolies in and the competition out,” he said
The European Commission was also of the opinion that the 15 states who had signed the treaty had not supplied sufficient information to allow for a ban to be levied on an online casino simply on the basis that it created potential for a gambling addiction and had games that could be rigged.

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