The Minister of the Interior and Sport for the German state of Hesse Peter Beuth, whose department is responsible for issuing Germany's 20 sports betting licences, has called for an overhaul of the State Treaty on Gambling, admitting that the legislation is incapable of achieving its objectives.

Writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Beuth revealed that around 80 operators have applied for a licence, out of around 100 websites which operate illegally in Germany, with 39 operators even paying tax on their German operations – despite the fact the State Treaty is yet to be enforced.

He called for “urgent action” to be taken to change the current system.

“Three years of testing is sufficient to determine that the current licensing process, indeed the Treaty itself, must be changed,” wrote Beuth.

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