Malta is fighting Ireland’s efforts to change its gaming rules at the EU level, claiming that the winning limitations Ireland is proposing may violate EU law. A portion of the national gambling legislation that the Irish government is now working to alter includes establishing maximum betting and winning restrictions for particular games.
In addition to the measure making its way through the Oireachtas, the government is also setting up a new gaming regulator with about one hundred staff members. The lack of internet gambling legislation in Ireland sets it apart from other Western European countries, according to a Maynooth University research conducted for the Irish Government.
Malta’s Stand and Opposition
Through the TRIS process, Malta, a country well-known for its pro-gambling position and a sizable online betting business that accounts for 12% of its GDP, has brought up a number of concerns with the proposed law. Member states exchange draft laws throughout this procedure that can have an impact on EU law. The only reply, Malta, voiced concerns.
As per Malta, an impact evaluation revealed that there were “high levels of problem gambling in Ireland.” The Maltese government said that there was insufficient rationale from Ireland to impose the proposed restrictive requirements, which might amount to an unwarranted infringement on the right to supply services.
Malta regulates the provision of internet gaming services for a number of significant firms that are well-established in Ireland. Malta’s impact on the regulatory framework for gaming in Ireland has been further highlighted by the Department of Justice in Ireland holding consultations with the Maltese regulator.
Ireland’s efforts to amend its gaming laws are made more difficult by Malta’s persistent resistance. The concerns expressed at the EU level will probably lead to more talks and possible changes to the draft law, which will ultimately shape Ireland’s future gaming regulations.
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