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PRELIMINARY DRAFT LAW AMENDING THE ACT OF 7 MAY 1999 ON GAMES OF CHANCE, GAMING ESTABLISHMENTS AND THE PROTECTION OF PLAYERS, THE CODE OF TAXES COMPARABLE TO INCOME TAX, THE ACT OF 26 JUNE 1963 ON PROMOTING PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SPORTS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND THE CONTROL OF UNDERTAKINGS THAT ORGANISE SPORTS BETTING SYSTEMS, AND THE ACT OF 19 APRIL 2002 ON THE RATIONALISATION OF THE OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Notification Number: 2009/172/B
Date received: 27/03/2009
End of Standstill: 29/06/2009 (extended until 30/07/2009)

Issue of detailed opinion by: Commission,Malta
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - SG(2009) D/50741
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2009/0172/B

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 200900741.EN)


1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2009 0172 B EN 30-03-2009 27-03-2009 B NOTIF 30-03-2009


2. Member State
B


3. Department Responsible
BELNotif
SPF Economie, PME, Classes moyennes et Energie
Qualité et Sécurité/DQI/NORCOM
WTC III – 5ème étage
Boulevard Simon Bolivar, 30
B - 1000 Bruxelles
Tél : 02/277.66.63
belnotif@economie.fgov.be


3. Originating Department
Commission des jeux de hasard
siège social : Boulevard de Waterloo 115 1000 Bruxelles
adresse courrier : Cantersteen 47 1000 Bruxelles
etienne.marique@just.fgov.be
02/5040042


4. Notification Number
2009/172/B - H10


5. Title
PRELIMINARY DRAFT LAW AMENDING THE ACT OF 7 MAY 1999 ON GAMES OF CHANCE, GAMING ESTABLISHMENTS AND THE PROTECTION OF PLAYERS, THE CODE OF TAXES COMPARABLE TO INCOME TAX, THE ACT OF 26 JUNE 1963 ON PROMOTING PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SPORTS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND THE CONTROL OF UNDERTAKINGS THAT ORGANISE SPORTS BETTING SYSTEMS, AND THE ACT OF 19 APRIL 2002 ON THE RATIONALISATION OF THE OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.


6. Products Concerned
Gambling, media games, betting


7. Notification Under Another Act
No


8. Main Content
Amendment of the Act of 7 May 1999 to provide a legislative framework for media games, betting and Internet gaming.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The aim of the legislative amendment is to extend the licensing system to most of the operators of games of chance and to pursue a consistent policy with respect to most operators. With respect to Internet gambling and betting, the idea is to ensure that Internet games are subject to the same framework as that imposed on actual games. The objective is to place Internet gambling and betting on the same basis as actual games.

The Gambling Commission would be responsible for casinos, automatic gaming halls, bingo in cafés, employees of gaming halls and casinos, gaming ushers, betting, Internet gaming and other media games. Only the National Lottery would remain outside its jurisdiction.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Reference documents, basic texts:
• Act of 7 May 1999 on Games of Chance, Gaming Establishments and the Protection of Players;
• Code of Taxes Comparable to Income Tax;
• Act of 19 April 2002 on Promoting Physical Education, Sports and Outdoor Activities, and the Control of Undertakings that organise Sports Betting Systems;
• Act of 19 April 2002 on the Rationalisation of the Operations and Management of the National Lottery.


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
Yes


15. Impact assessment
Impact study

Information on the impact assessment needs to be specified.
The impact assessment is attached.


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT and SPS aspects: No


The proposal does not have a significant effect on international trade.

- SPS aspects: No

The draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure in the sense of Annex A to the SPS Agreement.






Catherine Day
Secrétaire général
Commission européenne

Point de contact Directive 98/34
Fax: (32-2) 296 76 60
email: dir83-189-central@ec.europa.eu




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Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit - Abteilung C2/1
Frau MARKL Iris

European Free Trade Association
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Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö
Ms. Leila Vilhunen

Malta standards Authority
Sarah Jane Meli

Kommerskollegium
Ms Gunnel Fälth

Slovenian Institute for Standardization SIST
Mrs Vesna Stazisar

BundesMinisterium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (Referat EB2)
Frau Christina Jäckel

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores DG de Coordinación del Mercado Interior
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Représentation Permanente de la France
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Ministerio dell'industria
Sr. CASTIGLIONI Enrico

Ministry of Economy Dept for Economic Regulations
Mrs Barbara H. Kozlowska

Ministry of Economy and Commerce Division for Internal Market
Catalina Groza

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit - Abteilung C2/1
Frau Brigitte WIKGOLM

Représentation Permanente de la Belgique auprès de l'Union européenne
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Min. of Economic Affairs & Communication
Mr. Karl Stern

Délégation Interministérielle aux Normes
Mme PORTOU-DUPIN

Min. of Industry, Energy & Technology
Mr K. Polychronidis

CU N Lovseth Hanne Leen
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Ministerie van Financiën Belastingsdienst - Douane Noord / CDIU
De Heer IJ.G. van der Heide

Instituto Portugês da Qualidade
Sra Engª. Anete Freitas

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft undBund Arbeit - Abteilung C2/1
Franz BORTH

Institut Belge de Normalisation
Mme F. Hombert

EU internal market coordination (Ministry of Economics)
Mr. Dainis Matulis

Dept for Innovation Univ & Skills Innovation Unit
Mr Philip Plumb

BELNotif (Qualité et Sécurité) SPF Economie,PME,Classes moyennes, Energ
M. Paul Caruso

Cyprus org. for the promotion of quality Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism
M. Antonis Ioannou

ELOT
Mrs. Tzolou Afroditi

NSAI
Mr Tony Losty

Lithuanian Standards Board
Daiva Lesickiene

Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade General Directorate of Standardisation
Mr Mehmet COMERT

Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and testing
Mrs Lucie Ruzickova

Erhvervs- og Byggestyrelsen/Danish Enterprise & Construction Authority
Bjarne Bang Christensen


EFTA Surveillance Authority
Mr. Gunnar Thor PETURSSON

Ministero dello sviluppo economico Dip.to Impresa e Internazionalizzazione
Sr. CASTIGLIONI Enrico

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit - Abteilung C2/1
Ida CSISZAR

State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance
Violetta Veleva

SL
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Hungarian Notification Centre Ministry of National Development and Eco
Mr Zsolt Fazekas

Institut luxembourgeois de la normalisat (ILNAS)
Mr Miguel Borges

Service de l' Energie de l' Etat
M. Miguel Borges

Représentation Permanente du Luxembourg
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Office of standards, metrology & Testing Director of the department of European I
Mrs Kvetoslava STEINLOVA



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European Free Trade Association
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Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö
Ms. Leila Vilhunen

Malta standards Authority
Sarah Jane Meli

Ministry of Economy and Commerce Division for Internal Market
Catalina Groza

CU N Lovseth Hanne Leen
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Dept for Innovation Univ & Skills Innovation Unit
Mr Philip Plumb

NSAI
Mr Tony Losty

Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade General Directorate of Standardisation
Mr Mehmet COMERT

EFTA Surveillance Authority
Mr. Gunnar Thor PETURSSON

Représentation Permanente du Royaume-Uni
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State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance
Violetta Veleva

SL
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Hungarian Notification Centre Ministry of National Development and Eco
Mr Zsolt Fazekas

Représentation Permanente de l'Irlande
Denis Colfer