The European Commission said on 9 December it is investigating whether tax deals that Germany gives casino operators give an unfair advantage on those enterprises.

Public casinos operators in Germany are subject to a special tax regime that replaces a series of general taxes. The Commission has received several complaints over an alleged guarantee for public casinos operators to remain profitable.

The investigation’s goal is to clarify whether the tax regime gives an unjustified economic advantage for the public casinos operators.

The Commission has also opened an investigation into specific measures regarding public casinos adopted in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. It will investigate if alleged compensation payments by the region have granted an undue advantage in favour of the public casinos operator.

Germany and interested third parties the opportunity to submit comments regarding the investigation. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.