Volume: 10 Issue: 6
Last week, the German heads of state postponed again their decision regarding a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG). Following a meeting on 9 June 2011, they expressed their intention to finalise a new ITG in their next meeting in October, and also announced that it is their firm desire that the new Treaty be passed by all 16 German States. This leaves room for speculation as to whether the final Treaty will follow the lines of the very restrictive approach that 15 out of the 16 Heads of State had agreed upon in April, or whether the state of Schleswig-Holstein will finally succeed to push through a more liberal approach. Dr Christoph Enaux, Counsel at Olswang LLP, examines where Germany is at the moment, and evaluates what needs to be done to bring clarity to the German gambling market.