Notification Detail

Second State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance

Notification Number: 2016/590/D (Germany)
Date received: 09/11/2016
End of Standstill: 10/02/2017 ( 10/03/2017)

Issue of comments by: Commission
Issue of detailed opinion by: Malta
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2016) 03425
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2016/0590/D

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 - Não 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: 201603425.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2016 0590 D EN 09-11-2016 D NOTIF


2. Member State
D


3. Department Responsible
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Referat E B 2, 11019 Berlin,
Tel.: 0049-30-2014-6353, Fax: 0049-30-2014-5379, E-Mail: infonorm@bmwi.bund.de


3. Originating Department
Staatskanzlei des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Vertretung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt bei der Europäischen Union, Boulevard St. Michel 80, 1040 Brüssel, Belgien, Tel: 0032 - 2741 - 0930; E-Mail: henrike.franz@lv-bruessel.stk.sachsen-anhalt.de


4. Notification Number
2016/0590/D - H10


5. Title
Second State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance


6. Products Concerned
Sports betting


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
Amendments to the concession process for sports bets:
- Quota fixing for sports betting concessions is suspended for the duration of the experimental phase; a selection process (§ 4b(5)) is no longer required.
- Via a transitional regulation, starting on the entry into force of the Second State Treaty Amendment, all applicants in the concession process that have fulfilled the minimum requirements under the current process will be provisionally given permission to operate.
- In addition, tasks which were previously the responsibility of the Federal State of Hessen are, at the wish of Hessen, transferred to another federal state.

The transitional regulation in § 29(1), sentence 3 has become obsolete and can therefore be repealed.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The State Treaty on Games of Chance has envisaged the authorisation of private providers since 1 July 2012; the State betting monopoly has been suspended during a seven-year experimental phase. Restricting the choice through quota-fixing for the concessions is, according to previous Constitutional Court case law, just as compatible with the Constitution as the concession process with a final decision by the Federal Council of Games of Chance [Glücksspielkollegium] as a joint establishment of all the federal states (Bavarian Constitutional Court, decision of 25 September 2015). However, the State Treaty can still not be implemented, because the Hessian Constitutional Courts have postponed the granting of concessions until a decision on the main issue is made at a time that cannot be estimated (Hessian Constitutional Court, decision of 16 October 2015).

By partially amending the State Treaty, the overdue regulation of the sports betting market is completed and clarity provided for the providers and participating third parties (payment service providers, media, sporting clubs and associations). At the same time, authorities supervising games of chance are given the possibility to impose a widespread ban on unauthorised offers. This ends the progressive erosion of the rule of law.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Reference(s) to basic text(s): State Treaty on Games of Chance in Germany [GlüStV], notified under number 2006/0658/D
First State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance in Germany (First amendment to the State Treaty on Games of Chance [Erster GlüÄndStV]), notified under number 2011/0188/D
The basic texts were forwarded with an earlier notification: 2006/0658/D: 2011/0188/D


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
By partially amending the State Treaty, the overdue regulation of the sports betting market is completed and clarity provided for the providers and participating third parties (payment service providers, media, sporting clubs and associations). At the same time, authorities supervising games of chance are given the possibility to impose a widespread ban on unauthorised offers. This ends the progressive erosion of the rule of law.


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft is neither a technical regulation nor a conformity assessment.

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure.

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European Commission

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