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Online gambling awareness campaign for Germany

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by jetset, Nov 25, 2006.

    Nov 25, 2006
  1. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service

    Timed to precede legislative discussions between German provincial leaders

    The German public and the politicians who serve it are the targets of a public awareness campaign on Internet gambling planned by the Austrian-listed Bwin betting group, according to German media reports this week.

    The move is clearly timed to precede legislative discussions that are critical for the German industry. The discussions involve the prime ministers of the 16 German Lnder who are scheduled to meet on 13 December 2006 to debate the content of the new Lotterie-Staatsvertrag (which will now apparently also include sports betting and casinos). However, they will not sign this draft "into force", as initially reported. The parliaments of the Lnder have still to pass the relevant legislation next year.

    The present draft of the Lotterie-Staatsvertrag could face serious obstacles. There is already an infringement procedure, initiated by the European Commission. The Lnder will also have to draw cartel law and Articles 81 et sq. EC Treaty into consideration, following a ruling by the Court of Appeal of Dsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht Dsseldorf) which recently upheld an interdiction decision of the German Cartel Office.

    Bwin's campaign will use a range of media and will be prominent at football grounds, where advertising hoardings bearing the slogans kein Monopol (no monopoly) and freies wetten (freedom to bet) have been appearing.

    Manfred Bodner, co-chief executive of Bwin, said: This is a common initiative instigated by all the parties that are being damaged by political manoeuvres. He added that similar campaigns will be launched across Europe via the European Betting Association, the European industrys trade body.

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