The office of the
president of the Czech Republic confirmed Wednesday that president Milos Zeman
has signed a number of bills into law to re-regulate the country’s gambling
market, with the new laws set to come into force on January 1st, 2017.
The new legislation
allows gambling operators from the European Union and European Economic Area to
apply for licensure to offer a broad spectrum of games to Czech players, both
online and in land-based venues.
The following bills
were signed into law by President Zeman on June 7th.
256/10 - Law on gambling (CZ)
257/10 - Law on tax on gambling (CZ)
258/10 - Law amending certain laws in connection with the adoption of the law
on gambling and the law on tax on gambling (CZ)
The Czech government
must now draw up secondary technical regulations for the market, although this
is not expected to significantly delay the start of the licensing process.
Until now the Czech
online gambling market has been largely unregulated with foreign operators
prohibited from securing a licence without establishing a local base. This was
seen as discriminatory by the European Commission, which launched infringement
proceedings against the country in November 2013, prompting the new