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Spelinspektionen to Launch New AML Reporting System

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Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gambling regulator, is going to launch a new system for licensed operators to report suspected money laundering and terrorist financing. Scheduled to launch on January 13, 2020, the goAML platform will increase the quality of reports filed with the police.

The goAML platform will open for registration on December 9 and licensees can sign up ahead of the January launch date, after which they will be able to begin filing reports. Registration is subject to approval from the police, but the regulator said that the process should not take longer than two days.

Confirmation of the launch comes as Spelinspektionen continues to clamp down on unlicensed and unregulated gambling activities in the country, following the opening of its regulated market earlier this year.

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Macau’s DICJ Conducts iGaming Inspections During MGS 2019

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Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) has conducted iGaming inspections during MGS Entertainment Show 2019, as part of an ongoing campaign to ensure exhibitors are not engaging in the display or promotion of consumer-facing iGaming products.

The operation, carried out alongside the Judicial Police and Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), involved “various surveillance actions” to check whether exhibitors were promoting illegal online games, the creation of gaming websites or other activities related to illicit gambling.

No such cases were detected, although unspecified irregularities individually committed by some exhibitors were corrected on the spot, the DICJ said. Information leaflets were also distributed to all exhibitors clarifying Macau’s legal provisions.

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Czech Republic to Introduce Gambling Exclusion Register in 2020

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Alena Schillerová, Finance minister of the Czech Republic, has revealed that an exclusion register to block a range of individuals – both voluntarily and involuntarily – from gambling would launch next year. The incoming exclusion register follows on from the 2017 Gambling Act, which legalised iGaming in the Czech Republic for the first time.

Individuals on this list will not be allowed to gamble at all, whether that be online or land-based. People who have been declared bankrupt, are on welfare, or have been treated for gambling addiction will all be added. There shall also be an option for players to voluntary exclude themselves, if they want to.

“We will publish documentation at the turn of this year and begin testing, so that this register is operational in mid-2020,” Schillerová said.

“Currently, all indicators of online gambling are growing. The proportion of online players is increasing, and sports betting is the biggest problem. Young men are particularly at risk from developing problems. This is what our next steps are targeting. It’s not a matter of deleting new technologies from life. Instead, we’re looking to find a balance for their use,” Jarmila Vedralová, National Drug Policy Coordinator in the Czech Republic said.

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Latvian Parliament Approves Higher Gambling Taxes

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Saeima, the Parliament of Latvia, has approved a bill that would raise the taxes on some land-based gaming operations within the country. Gambling establishments that offer such games as slot machines, card and dice games, and roulette will be immediately impacted by the new laws.

As part of the new law, the state budget will receive the largest contributions from the nation’s gambling industry. However, local municipalities that host these gambling establishments will also receive a share of the tax revenue.

The annual tax on gambling tables will increase to 28,080 euros ($31,211) from 23,400 euros ($25,878) per table. The tax on slot machines will increase to 5172 euros ($5719) from 4164 euros ($4604).

According to the finance minister of Latvia, the new amendment is intended to shift the tax burden from the labour force to those casino operations. Plus, it should greatly increase the amount of tax revenue the state is receiving, maybe by as much as 75%. According to the new legislation, 90% of the total revenue will go to the Latvian government while only 10% will go to local municipalities.

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