Danish Online Gaming Tax Supported by EU’s General Court

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European Union’s General Court (CJEU) decides to show support to the Danish online gaming tax law by upholding the ruling.

Online casinos report that the ruling applies to State aid cases (Dansk Automat Brancheforening v Commission) and (Royal Scandinavian Casino Arhus v Commission), which was given the all clear by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Member States have the right to offer a different tax system suited to their needs as long as the effects are not transferred to the land based operators, according to gambling news. In order to prevent people from reaching out to illegal gaming sites, online betting providers have to be able to offer competitive services to their vast consumer base.

Both players and provider will be protected

Maarten Haijer, General Secretary of European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), highlighted the positive aspects of the court’s ruling. “We welcome today’s decision of the Court confirming that the Commission correctly argued that online gambling requires a tax level that takes into account the competitiveness of the global online .com offer.”

He also added that the mobile betting tax will help not just the providers but the customers, as they will be playing in a regulated and protected environment. “With the unregulated offer just one click away on the internet, consumers will only play within the regulated environment if that offer is sufficiently attractive in terms of price and consumer experience.”

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