Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel Approves German State Treaty

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Berlin’s Interior Minister Andreas Geisel has approved the federal regulatory framework for gambling, clearing the way for the city mayor Michael Müller to sign the legislation.

Minister approved the current draft of Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV) at the Berlin Senate hearing on September 15. However, it must now be presented to the city’s House of Representatives to be ratified by the Berlin parliament. The GlüNeuRStV must go through this process in each of Germany’s 16 states, and be signed by the head of state, and ratified by its parliament. In total, 13 of the 16 states must approve the legislation for it to come into force as planned from 30 June 2021.

However, states will begin to implement the Treaty from 15 October this year, under a transitional regime in which operators will be permitted to offer online sports betting, poker and slots.

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