Act on Gaming temporarily postponed

Date 23 nov. 2010


As anticipated, the Act on Gaming has been postponed due to the pending state-aid case before the EU Commission. The Act on Gaming was expected to come into force on 1 January 2011.


The case has been filed by the gambling machine industry and a casino. They contend that the new rules constitute state aid since land-based casinos and gambling machines are subject to higher rates of taxation than online gambling.


Since the application procedure for the gambling operators take a couple of months, it is not possible for the legislation to come into force on 1 January 2011. Therefore, the effective date of the legislation now depends on when the EU Commission makes a decision in the state-aid case. A clarification is expected before the summer of 2011.


The existing rules on gambling will continue to apply.



If you have any questions or require additional information on the Act on Gaming, please contact Claus Molbech Bendtsen, attorney,, or Kim David Lexner, Junior Associate,

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