Legality of Online Gambling Part 3
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Legality of Online Gambling Part 3

Legality of Online Gambling
Part 3 UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, the Czech Republic

UK
According to the Article 89 of the Gambling Act 2005, UK and non-UK based operators are allowed to provide services. Any online operator using equipment based in the United Kingdom has to be licensed by the Gambling Commission.

Germany
According to the German Interstate Treaty (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag), all online gaming and betting operations (both on and offshore), with the exception of horse racing, is banned (since 1 January 2008). Banks are required to identify and block money transfers to operators.
In November 2009, a voice of opposition appeared from one of the 16 German states (all states have to abide by the law). Although at first backed the bill in 2009, Schleswieg-Holstein said it is against the treaty.
Controversy: the treaty breaches EU law, as it establishes a monopoly. European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) stated that Germany’s policy is not in accord with Article 49 of the Treaty of Rome.

Italy
Since January 1st, 2007, it is legal for Italian citizens to practice online gambling in Italy. Italy is one of the first European countries that has legalized online gambling. The Mediterranean country has also issued 17,000 gambling licenses including casinos and betting companies.
Starting in 2006, for the third consecutive year, Italy also boasts the title of the largest European egaming and betting market (earlier it was the UK).

Spain
Online gambling is legal in Spain. Since 2008, Spain is split into autonomous 17 regions, each of which was given the power to grant their own gambling licenses. The State Lotteries Monopoly and National Gaming Board are two supervising federal gaming bodies.

Bulgaria
Online gambling is prohibited. The reason is that licensed gambling is only permitted if it is physically conducted from Bulgaria. Any company registered in an EU member State has a right to apply for a gambling license.

Hungary
According to the Hungarian "Gambling Act," the Gambling
Supervisory Department of the State Tax Authority issues licenses for online gaming operators.

Slovakia
Licenses are handed out by the government to online gambling operators.

Slovenia
It is illegal to provide online gambling licensed outside of Slovenia into Slovenia. No law specifically addressing online gambling within the country. Offline gambling, though, can only be organized by a company located within the country which has been granted a license.

Netherlands
Online gambling is prohibited. The government is criminalizing operators who allow Dutch residents to access their services. Having compiled a blacklist of 30 operators, the government has also asked that the Dutch Banking Association ensures that financial institutions block financial transactions with those operators.

The Czech Republic
Online gambling is illegal. Foreign operators cannot provide gambling services into the Czech Republic.