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New amendments in the field of gambling activities

Written by Silvana Curteanu and Diana Ciubotaru

On 6 October 2023, the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 82/2023, amending and supplementing the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 77/2009 on the organization and operation of gambling games (the “GEO 82/2023”) entered into force, bringing significant changes for the gambling regulatory framework, as follows:

▸ Requirement for registration or permanent establishment in Romania

According to GEO 82/2023, in order to organize and operate gambling games in Romania, gambling operators must either: (i) be registered as a company in Romania; or (ii) in case of legal entities legally constituted in a Member State of the European Union or in the signatory states of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, having registered a permanent corporate establishment in Romania. These limitations apply also to online gambling operators.

In addition, GEO 82/2023 provides certain transitional measures for those gambling companies which do not fall under any category mentioned in (i) or (ii) above.

▸ Advertising restrictions

Regarding advertising activities, GEO 82/2023 prohibits sending unsolicited electronic messages regarding one or more gambling games (including those addressed to a limited number of recipients), and imposes certain restrictions on outdoor advertising material/posters.

▸ Increased payable amounts for gambling operators

GEO 82/2023 provides new and significantly increased amounts for the contributions that gambling operators are obliged to pay to the ONJN. In addition, the annual gambling license taxes, the annual gambling authorization taxes, and the warranty funds, are significantly increased compared to the latest ones. The new increases will be applicable starting from 2024.

▸ Gamblers database

Under the new amendments, gambling operators will no longer be required to create and keep an electronic database of the people entering the premises where gambling activities occur. A new database of self-excluded gamblers and undesirable persons will be created by the ONJN and made accessible for gambling operators. The new database is expected to be operational no later than 31 March 2024.

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