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Gambling act

Notification Number: 2015/424/CZ (Czech Republic )
Date received: 03/08/2015
End of Standstill: 04/11/2015 ( 04/02/2016)

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

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2015) 02412
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2015/0424/CZ

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: 201502412.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2015 0424 CZ EN 03-08-2015 CZ NOTIF

2. Member State

3. Department Responsible
Úřad pro technickou normalizaci, metrologii a státní zkušebnictví
Biskupský dvůr 1148/5
tel: +420 221 802 212
fax: +420 221 802 440

3. Originating Department
Ministerstvo financí ČR

4. Notification Number
2015/0424/CZ - H10

5. Title
Gambling act

6. Products Concerned
The products concerned are gambling activities as defined in the draft act.

7. Notification Under Another Act

8. Main Content
The draft gambling act provides comprehensive legislation on the operation of gambling activities in the territory of the Czech Republic by eliminating the illogical fragmentation of the individual types of gambling games, enabling the operation of gambling via the Internet, opening up the Czech market to gambling operators from other Member States of the European Union and, last but not least, strengthening supervisory powers. In addition, it will make a greater contribution to preventing the occurrence of pathological phenomena associated with gambling by introducing the so-called self-restricting measures and a register of excluded persons, which should prevent a set group of persons from taking part in gambling.
Also worth mentioning is the introduction of a new measure where the engagement in certain types of gambling activities will be subject to registration, the introduction of limits, which do not exist under current legislation, for video lottery terminals and other similar devices used for operating technical games, the complete discontinuation of gambling in catering establishments, compulsory monitoring of gambling premises, and the introduction of a monitoring system allowing for more effective control of financial data to ensure compliance with tax obligations and legality of gambling operations as such.
The draft act also significantly strengthens the position of the various administrative authorities with competence in the gambling sector. The draft eliminates the excessive administrative burden on the Ministry of Finance, the central regulator, arising from administrative proceedings. At the same time, the new legislation improves the position of municipalities in regulating the operation of gambling activities in their territories since municipalities will now be entitled to issue licences for the siting of gambling premises (gambling venues and casinos) and will continue to be able to issue generally binding municipal decrees. The powers of the control authority, which will now be the customs authority, will be significantly strengthened, while modifying the existing inadequate system of sanctions.

The standards and regulations which are referenced under the provisions of §§ 109 and 110 of the Gambling Act have been recorded in the TRIS database under “Other texts”.

Keywords: gambling activities, technical device, Internet game, self-restricting measure, register of excluded persons, licence, generally binding municipal decree.

9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The primary reason for drafting the new legislation is to replace the existing, now entirely inadequate, legislation under Act No 202/1990 and, in particular, to implement the European Commission’s conclusions and recommendations in respect of regulation of gambling. In short, the specific reasons for drafting the act could be summed up as follows - effective tax collection, protection of gamblers and people close to them, the existence of measures to prevent and combat socially pathological phenomena associated with the operation of gambling activities, opening up of the Czech gambling market to operators based in other Member States of the European Union or States which are party to the European Economic Area Agreement, regulation of remote operation of gambling activities via the Internet, new procedure for authorisation proceedings, introduction of an effective control mechanism and rectification of non-compliance with the law of the European Union.

10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
No basic text(s) available

11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure

12. Grounds for the Emergency

13. Confidentiality

14. Fiscal measures

15. Impact assessment

16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft is not a technical regulation or conformity assessment

SPS aspect

No - the draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure

European Commission

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Fax: +32 229 98043

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