The Czech Republic government has stated its desire to introduce a new online gambling bill before the end of June. Legislators have asked finance ministers to develop a bill that would satisfy the demands of the European Commission.
Last year’s proposal was considered a failure after the European Commission recommended that a new bill would be the best option. The Commission believed that there were serious systematic flaws in the bill that would be detrimental to competition, technological development, and consumer safety. The 2012 Czech online gambling bill had serious restrictions for foreign operators and had failed to take into account basic technology such as remote gaming.
“The conclusion that the draft regulation is compatible with EU law, even if, in the question of the condition that the operator be domiciled in the Czech Republic,” however it recognizes that this element “May be problematic with regards to European law.”
The finance ministers plan to take into account the full context of the recommendation to develop a bill that would address the serious flaws. The new bill is expected to be competition friendly for both domestic and foreign operators in addition to providing safety for the market and consumers.