Czechs set for liberalised online gambling market

Czechs set for liberalised online gambling market

Friday, June 10, 2016 Totally Gaming
The RGA's Paul Morris has backed the new laws

The Czech Republic’s new online gambling laws have been welcomed by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and major operator Synot Tip.

Miloš Zeman, the country’s president, has approved new leglislation that creates a new licensed online gaming framework. Operators based outside the Czech Republic will now be able to apply for a remote gaming licence, while regulators can begin to block unauthorised sites.

The law also includes new tax rates of 23 per cent of gross gaming revenue for sports betting and lotteries, and 35 per cent for RNG casino games, on top of the standard 19 per cent corporate tax rate.

Paul Morris, the RGA’s director of regulatory affairs, told TotallyGaming.com that the organisation now wants to help the Czech authorities to implement the new laws.

“We have been heavily involved during this process with our local consultants and this is a positive and important step forward,” Morris said. “Our focus is now on those issues that remain, for example the development of the technical regulations.”

The gambling bill was passed unanimously by the Senate last month, and the new laws could be introduced as soon as January 2017. Tereza Cejpová, an official from the Ministry of Finance's Supervision of Gambling and Loterries Department, last year told TotallyGaming.com that the country welcomed "operators who provide services with strong player protection measures and are willing to enter into a fair dialogue with the regulator".

Synot executive director Petr Mikoška also gave a cautious welcome to the new laws.

He told TotallyGaming.com: "Synot Group welcomes possibility to operate casino style games over the internet, which was illegal for Czech-based subjects until now. However, at the same time we expect implementing legislations from the Ministry of Finance, which will further explain number of things that remain unclear in the law – only then will we know more."

TotallyGaming.com says: “It is promising that the Czech authorities chose to work with gambling groups such as the RGA. After the RGA was so critical of new Portuguese laws last year, it is refreshing to see new laws passed with the backing of the group.”

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