The Gambling Law may come into force later than the government planned

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A draft of amendment to the gambling law adopted a few days ago by the Council of Ministers is expected to enter into force – according to the government’s plans – on January 1st 2017. It can be problematic, says legal adviser in the office DLA Piper, Anna Wietrzynska – Ciolkowska.

The adopted model of regulations, in which all online gambling games except promotion lotteries includes a state monopoly without strong justification of adequacy and proportionality, may raise objections to the compatibility with such regulations of EU law. Thus we can expect objections in the process of notification, which will extend the process and may call into question the planned date of entry into force of the amendment – wrote Wietrzynska-Ciolkowska.

“The bill does not address one of the most important issues for both domestic and foreign operators, namely the base of games tax. The current tax rules does not encourage the operators to start-up the activity in Poland”

As previously announced by the minister of Finance Pawel Szalamacha, the new provisions are designed to allow an increase in the state budget revenues by approx. PLN 1.5 billion per year.

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