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1 Symposium Glücksspiel 2010: Zwischenbilanz zum Glücksspielstaatsvertrag für Lotterien und Sportwetten Universität Hohenheim - Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel Rom, 12 März 2010 Recent developments in the Italian remote gambling market Valérie Peano Attorney-at-law at the Rome Bar Studio di Consulenza Societaria e Tributaria

2 The current Italian gambling system The statutory reserve for gambling activities The control of a unique regulating authority : l Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) part of the Ministry of Economy and Finances. Progressive and regulated liberalization of the market Increase in gambling supply Multiplication of the distribution channels

3 The Italian gambling market. In 2009: Total turnover amounted to 54.4 billions Euros (+14,4% in respect of 2008) Online turnover amounted to 3.7 billions Euros (+153,7% in respect of 2008) State revenue deriving from gambling amounted to about 8 billions Euros

4 Italy: the growth of the Italian gambling market 2003/ Turnover Tax

5 Current main provisions for remote gambling Decree of 21 March 2006: - remote betting, bingo and lotteries Bersani Decree (D.L. 4 July 2006, no. 223, converted into Law 4 August 2006, no. 248) and Budget Law for 2007: - remote skill games and card games Ministerial Decree of 17 September 2007: - remote skill games - centralised system - taxation: 3% GPT - winnings: at least 80% of the revenue

6 The remote gambling licence (concessione) Old concessionaires linked to the offline gambling offer Bersani Decree concessionaires New concessionaires according to the next tender procedure in 2010 the Community Law for 2008

7 Italy: remote gambling value chain 100% 90% 80% Skill games (inc. poker tournaments): 220 million to industry in % 60% 50% Vincite: 87,8% Vincite: 68,9% 40% 30% 20% Industria: 12,7% 10% 0% Industria: 9,2% Erario: 3,0% Giochi di abilità a distanza Erario: 18,3% Totale giochi pubblici

8 The current offer: which games can be played? betting on horse races (June 2001) fixed odds sports betting (June 2002) scratch cards ( Gratta e vinci ) (November 2006) ippica nazionale e internazionale (March 2008) pool betting ( Totocalcio, il9 e Totogol, Big Match e Big Race ) (March 2008) skill games (September 2008) superenalotto and superstar (July 2009) bingo (December 2009)

9 Italy: remote gambling market shares Period of reference: January 2010 Other games Skill games 298,0 mil (65%) 24,8 mil (5%) Sports Betting 139,8 mil (30%)

10 The Community Law for 2008 (L. 7 July 2009, no. 88) Implementing measures under notification process in accordance with EC Directives 98/34 and 98/48 to the European Commission Application process for a unique concession to all regulated remote games: - gambling company and/or other entities having the economic/financial and technical/organisational abilities required - HQ/Server located in the EU/EEA connected to the central system of the AAMS -.com operations prohibited

11 The Community Law for 2008 (L. 7 July 2009, no. 88) Players protection requirements : - mandatory self-limitation - maximum time for winnings / withdrawals - dedicated bank account for players deposits - customers data communication - drafting of the gambling account agreement previously approved by AAMS - management and use of gambling account Revised sanctions for concessionaires

12 The Abruzzo Decree (D.L. 28 April 2009, no. 39, converted into Law 24 June 2009, no. 77 ) Introduction of remote cash poker and casino games: - taxation: 20% GPT Regulation of remote betting exchange and virtual betting (land-based and on-line): - taxation switch to 20% GPT Further regulation of sports betting (land-based and on-line): customized markets

13 Internet blocking of illegal and irregular remote gambling websites Budget Laws for 2006 and 2007 The procedure: - AAMS black-listing to service providers - block remote access to operators, without a permit or concession, from offering on-line gambling - readdressing to AAMS notice webpage Sanctions to service providers

14 Italy: Internet blocking and readdressing

15 Italy: the new legal framework of the remote gambling market Conclusions The Italian model In line with the European perspective Harmonized regulation at a European level?

16 Thank you for your attention! Valérie Peano Studio di Consulenza Societaria e Tributaria 292, via Salaria Rome (Italy) Website:

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