CONSULAR CORPS OF CURAÇAO GETS NEW BOARD

The CCC represents 33 countries

A new Board of the Consular Corps of Curaçao was appointed at the recent annual general meeting. Karel Frielink, honorary consul of Germany, was appointed the new Dean. The other board members appointed were Margaret Hawthorne (U.S. Consul General) as Vice-Dean, Ivan Moreno Jr. (honorary consul of Belgium) as Treasurer, Paul van de Laarschot (honorary consul of Hungary) as Secretary and Paul Pradin (honorary consul of France) as Member.

The Consular Corps of Curaçao represents 33 countries. Its members serve as consul general, vice-consul, or honorary consul. They assist citizens from the countries they represent …
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Jan 2017
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ON THE GERMAN – DUTCH CARIBBEAN RELATIONSHIP

Interesting editorial in The Daily Herald (St. Maarten)

Economic powerhouse

“The visit of German ambassador Heinz-Peter Behr last week should serve as an eye-opener on the largely untapped possibilities that European market offers. Up to now much of the attention regarding the “Old Continent” understandably regards the Netherlands and France from which “The Friendly Island” also has direct airlift, but Germany as Europe’s economic powerhouse and surrounding nations hold great tourism potential.

Curacao managed to attract Air Berlin flights recently and already has noticed a marked increase in the number of visitors from that part of the …
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AUSTRIAN GAMING LAW IN VIOLATION WITH EU LAW

European Court of Justice (9 September 2010): “Austrian legislation under which only companies having their seat in Austria have the right to operate casinos is contrary to European Union law” (click here for the press release).

The Court of Justice finds that the obligation on persons holding concessions to operate gaming establishments to have their seat in Austria constitutes a restriction on freedom of establishment. That obligation discriminates against companies which have their seat in another Member State and prevents those companies from operating gaming establishments in Austria through an agency, branch or subsidiary.

With regard to …
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Sep 2010
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GERMAN GAMING LAW IN VIOLATION WITH EU LAW

Court of Justice of the European Union (8 September 2010): “The public monopoly of the organisation of sporting bets and lotteries in Germany does not pursue the objective of combating the dangers of gambling in a consistent and systematic manner” (click here for more).

See also my posting of 8 January 2008: ‘New German Gaming Law in Violation with EU Law‘.

Karel Frielink

(8 September 2010)

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Sep 2010
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NEW GERMAN GAMING LAW IN VIOLATION WITH EU LAW

State monopolies granted exclusivity

New gaming/gambling legislation entered into force in Germany on 1 January 2008. Although one would expect Germany to observe the laws and regulations of the European Community, it confirmed the country’s state monopolies on lotteries and sports betting and, despite several judgments of the EU Court of Justice (e.g. Placanica et al.), it outlawed any other online gambling from both foreign and domestic sources.

It is also forbidden to place a bet from a computer in Germany with an operator outside Germany whose server is also outside Germany. In other words: it is illegal for Germans when …
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Jan 2008
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