Lithuania Proposes Changes to Current Online Gambling Legislation

Lithuania Proposes Changes to Current Online Gambling Legislation

Lithuania has proposed amendments to current gambling law that would exclude foreign operators who do not have a registered and established local presence.

The government says that the law, as it stands, does not “clearly establish that entities which have the right to organise betting may organise said services through means of communication”.

“Currently, de facto betting through means of communication has become widespread practice and entities organising games of chance in this manner that do not obtain licences for doing so, as required by the provisions of the Republic of Lithuania Gambling Law, are thus acting illegally under Lithuanian gaming law”, reads the notification to the European Commission.

The entire Lithuanian Government notification to the European Commission is available here.

  • Obviously huge changes are needed in the gambling laws not only in Lithuania but maybe all across Eastern Europe. The local gambling operators have their rights to be unhappy with the laws but on the other hand the users prefer to play online on the foreign operator platforms. So it's not easy for the governments but they have to listen to the voice of people, not only the companies.
  • As Lithuanian I could say that is all about the local gambling places ( Betting offices and local casinos ), because online gambling had score the best here and there are many gamblers moved from land-based to online places. This is how pressure goes on government from the local bussiness and they just gonna accept such a law. Nothing impressing. The last Year Betting Firms made 30 Million euro profit, Local casinos just over 25 Million Euro...So the profit is decreasing every Year, most gamblers changed calibre from casino games into poker and thats why less people playing damn slots or roulette at local places. I am sure the law will be accepted soon, the very next September 1. Good luck all and don't panic. There nothing bad to have a lil break from gambling...
  • A total ban of the games would be a shame, in my country, the online games do not have a specific legislation, so the games are in "limbo" legal, are not prohibited because it has no specific legislation, although CASINOS and other live gambling are banned, only being allowed games and official lotteries that the government controls, with its own taxation, I wish good luck
  • It's a really bad idea and I'm afraid Ukrainian government can also do this way. They already restricted gambling and prohibted land casinos in cities and towns and promised to organize special place like Las-Vegas, but it seems they forgot about this. But if European countries prohibited something, our authorities copy this with great pleasure. Bad example is catching...
  • Now they are talking about gambling, because you know, there are local betting sites and they do not want any competition, so they pay to our goverment and for that reason they change law :-) Gambling, next going to be Torrents, then Youtube and etc. Seems like living in North Korea :-))
  • Im sure the people aren't happy , government now is so involved in the presence of policing internet gaming. The same is happening in a lot of places. It used to be the big argument of land based casinos , not wanting the added traffic problems for the city that can occur and so on . I can at least understand some of those arguments but for the laws on some countries for online gambling is just ridiculous .
  • As Lithuania is a neighbour to Latvia, news like this a bit scare me because it makes me think that Latvian government could decide to do the same thing. The sad fact is that you're allowed t go to landbased casinos and lose because the government earns money from it. This really seems silly and a lot of people will be unhappy if they''ll accept this new law.
  • Yeah, right.. I live in Lithuania, so funny a? :))) Our goverment are idiots. They thought to block Youtube and simillar sites.

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