Following the recent dispute on the decree regulating casino games and poker cash games in Italy, the Italian Gaming Authority - as expected - has renotified to the European Commission the decree regulating casino games and poker cash games (as well as poker tournaments and skill games) and all the regulations implementing such decree.
The draft decree had already been notified to the European Commission and the other regulations implementing it had already been approved by the Italian Gaming Authority, but the purpose of this renotification is clearly to "cure" the procedural defects challenged in the pending dispute before the Administrative Court of Lazio Region. Indeed, according to the information currently available, the main defect challenged in the abovementioned dispute was the lack of consistency between the version of the draft decree notified to the European Commission and the one finally approved.
The stand still period for the review of the abovementioned documents before the European Commission will expire on 7 October 2010 and, considering that such regulations had already been approved by the Italian Gaming Authority, their final publication is supposed to occur shortly after such deadline if no comments are raised by other EU Member States.
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