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The Seimas of Lithuania has sanctioned new amendments to the national Gambling Law and the Lottery & Gaming Tax Law.

Gambling Law amendments will see the Lithuania Gambling Control Authority introduce a new type of licence for “the organisation (of) remote gambling services”.

The introduction of a new remote gambling licence is required in order for the government to separate remote gambling requirements from rules applied for land-based gambling businesses.

Under existing laws, gambling enterprises require municipal approval for licences that have been granted to firms that have established and operate land-based (terrestrial) venues.

A designated licence for remote operators will waive the requirement to have a domiciled business presence in Lithuania.

“The organisation of remote gambling, unlike land-based gambling, is not related to their execution in a specific territory (municipality), that is, remote gambling is carried out online throughout the territory of the Republic of Lithuania,” the amendment reads.

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“Therefore it is not appropriate to require the consent of the municipality when issuing a permit for remote gambling.”

Businesses operating under existing online Gambling Law licences have been given a two-year timeframe within which to transfer to a specific remote licence.

Amendments to the Lottery & Tax Law saw the Seimas approve a new licensing fee framework that will charge remote operators a one-off fee of €500,000. Meanwhile, operators that have a land-based and remote presence will be charged €1m.

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