The parliament of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein will this week consider two motions submitted by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party concerning the licensing of online gaming operators, following accusations of a potential conflict of interest in the way the licensing procedure is being conducted under the State Treaty on Gaming (SToG).

As reported by Gaming Intelligence on August 13th, the task of issuing licenses to online betting operators - which is the responsibility of the Hessen Ministry of Interior - has been handed (at least in part) to a Cologne-based law firm with a long history of defending Germany’s state gaming monopolies against private operators.

The ensuing furor forced the Schleswig-Holstein government to defend itself last week, stating that “questions regarding potential conflicts of interest are the sole responsibility of the Hessen Ministry of Interior”.

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