Germany’s GGL Criticizes New Malta Gambling Law

Germany's GGL Criticizes New Malta Gambling Law

Last updated on August 26th, 2023 at 11:39 am

The Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder, or GGL, released a statement criticizing the new Malta gambling law. George Vella, Malta’s president, signed Bill No. 55, which attracted the attention of regulators from various countries, including the GGL.

Authorities from other countries cannot make judgments against gaming firms operating under a Maltese license. However, there are exceptions under Bill No. 55. According to bookie pay per head experts, the new law shields these businesses by limiting judgment enforcement to Maltese courts. Despite their home country’s gambling ban, several clients who could access Malta-licensed gambling businesses’ websites filed claims for restitution of gambling losses.  Those cases contributed to the implementation of this regulation.

Although the new law will shield Malta’s gaming industry, GGL said in a recent statement that it is incompatible with existing gambling laws in Europe. Despite that worry, the German gaming authority stated that the competent authorities had the final say.

New Malta Gambling Law

Germany's GGL Criticizes New Malta Gambling LawThe GGL has also acknowledged sharing its evaluation with the federal states. Given that the country’s Federal Ministry of Justice has already communicated with the European Commission on Bill No. 55, it states it does not need further action.

According to white label sports betting experts, GGL has just declared a regulatory action against’s operator. The GGL canceled its license in June after a review. The gambling watchdog concluded after carefully examining’s finances, legal standing, and business model.

In a ruling from back in May, the Higher Administrative Court of the State of Saxony-Anhalt upheld the GGL’s authority to levy fines against businesses that knowingly market illicit items through third-party affiliates. According to sources, the announcement came after the court ruled that advertising gambling that does not have a license to do so is illegal under the State Treaty on Gambling Regulation of 2021.

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