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Parliamentary questions
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14 January 2015
Question for written answer P-000412-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (ALDE)

 Subject:  Modification to the German State Treaty on Gambling
 Answer in writing 

On 15 December 2011, all the German states apart from Schleswig-Holstein signed a modification to the State Treaty on Gambling. The most significant amendment is that private sports betting providers can obtain up to 20 concessions. Transposition of the modification took place in 2011 and 2012 with implementation laws which differed among the states.

For example, as the state government of Hessen concedes in a reply to a parliamentary question, imposing the numerical restriction on concessions has proved enormously long, complicated and open to dispute. In particular, the measure to contain illegal sports betting has backfired and had the opposite effect. This is mainly because the state government has still not awarded the concessions, nearly two years after the Modification came into force. The current limbo surrounding the award procedure enables private betting providers operating illegally to function largely without regulation.

The Commission gave the new Treaty a two-year trial period, which expired in July 2014.

1. What is the Commission's assessment of the implementation of the Treaty in Germany?

2. Does the tendering procedure in Hessen satisfy the principle of equal opportunity and transparency, and is it compatible with European law?

3. Does the Commission intend to initiate infringement proceedings against Germany as a result of the situation surrounding the award procedure?

Original language of question: DE 
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