Notification Detail

Third State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance (Third amendment to the State Treaty on Games of Chance [Dritter Glücksspieländerungsstaatsvertrag – 3rd GlüÄndStV]

Notification Number: 2019/187/D (Germany)
Date received: 26/04/2019
End of Standstill: 29/07/2019

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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2019) 01135
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2019/0187/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: 201901135.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2019 0187 D EN 26-04-2019 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, E-Mail: infonorm@bmwi.bund.de


3. Originating Department
Staatskanzlei des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Horionplatz 1, Referat I B 2, 40213 Düsseldorf
Tel: 0049-211-837-1350 ; E-Mail: hans-joerg.lieberoth-leden@stk.nrw.de; jan.perrar@stk.nrw.de


4. Notification Number
2019/0187/D - H10


5. Title
Third State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance
(Third amendment to the State Treaty on Games of Chance [Dritter Glücksspieländerungsstaatsvertrag – 3rd GlüÄndStV]


6. Products Concerned
Games of chance


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
The Second State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance, already notified under No 2016/0590/D, was not approved by all federal state parliaments and therefore did not enter into force. The substance of some of the provisions envisaged at that time and already notified are now to be implemented with the Third State Treaty amending the State Treaty on Games of Chance.

At issue here are the following amendments to the concession process for sports betting:
– Quota fixing for sports betting concessions is suspended for the duration of the experimental phase; a selection process (formerly § 4b(5)) is no longer required.
– The experimental phase is laid down for the current term of the State Treaty (30 June 2021). In accordance with § 35(2), it is applicable until 30 June 2024 in the event that the State Treaty continues to apply.

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 of sports betting since 1 July 2012 as part of an experimental phase of originally seven years. The maximum number of concessions has so far been limited to 20. Quota fixing for the concessions and the concession procedure with a final decision by the Federal Council of Games of Chance [Glücksspielkollegium] as a joint establishment of all federal states is deemed constitutional by case law (Bavarian Constitutional Court, decision of 25 September 2015; Hamburg Higher Administrative Court, ruling of 22 June 2017; Federal Administrative Court, ruling of 26 October 2017). However, it has not yet been possible to grant concessions because the Hessian Constitutional Courts have postponed any granting until a decision on the main issue is made at a time that cannot be estimated (Hessian Constitutional Court, decision of 16 October 2015). Since the beginning of the experimental phase, the German authorities have taken this into account by taking action against pro-legalisation providers not only for lack of a concession.

By partially amending the State Treaty, the model of the experimental phase for the term of the State Treaty on Games of Chance will be refined and clarity provided for providers and participating third parties (payment service providers, media, sporting clubs and associations). The limitation of concessions to 20 is therefore lifted so that each applicant who meets the conditions (already notified as part of the First amendment to the State Treaty on Games of Chance under number 2011/0188/D) can be issued a concession. At the same time, this makes it possible for authorities supervising games of chance 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
Yes


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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