The future shape of the German gambling industry continues to be the subject of debate, and in the latest stage of discussions, the upper house of the German parliament has been having its say.
Earlier this week, debate began in the Bundesrat over which of the 16 autonomous German states should have the responsibility of being the main supervisory authority for the new German gambling industry, under the terms of the ‘4th Interstate Treaty on Gambling’.
The leaders of the states are continuing to debate final rules and potential adjustments to the Interstate Treaty. The Treaty has already been approved although some of the aspects of the rules were heavily criticised in a review by the European Commission.
But the review has not halted the progress of the legislation. The Bundesrat have said that they will continue to push ahead with work on the Treaty. The current aim is to complete the final changes within a 12-16 month period. That will give lawmakers enough time to ensure that the final conditions are in place for a new gambling sector which will launch on June 30, 2021.
But there remains considerable debate over which of the states will end up with responsibility for overseeing the new industry. Earlier in the week, it was reported in the German media that the country’s biggest state, North Rhine-Westphalia had launched a bid in the Bundesrat to become the lead supervisory authority.
The new gambling industry is set to include a high technology supervisory unit that will oversee all gambling transactions in the country. According to reports, North Rhine-Westphalia have already drawn up plans to set up a monitoring unit, with a staffing complement of 300. But they are likely to meet opposition from other key states, including Baden-Wurttemberg and Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg, as well as current overseeing state, Hesse.