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Gambling regulators‘ warning message

Date

2020 08 28

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The Gaming Control Authority under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania (Control Authority) regulating gambling in the Republic of Lithuania warns gambling operators about their illegal remote gambling activity, breaching national regulation.

In Lithuania, only proper licensed companies having special permission for this activity are authorized to offer online gambling in Lithuania. Companies, being not licensed for gambling activity in Lithuania and having not the mentioned permit but offering their services in Lithuania, shall be treated as illegal gambling operators. The order of gaming operation is established in the Gaming Law of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter - Gaming Law).

After having identified the fact of illegal remote gambling activity in the Republic of Lithuania, the Control Authority is authorized to take measures established in the Gaming Law (payment blocking and DNS blocking). 

The illegal gambling operators are also entered into the List of illegal online gambling operators (Blacklist) which is published on website of the institution and regularly updated adding new blacklisted subjects and domains.

Furthermore, the provisions of national legal acts do not provide for the possibility to remove the reference to the subject (gambling operator) from the Blacklist, if the subject was identified as illegal gambling operator in Lithuania, domain was blocked and blacklisted. The only possibility to be removed from the Blacklist is to receive a license and permit to organize remote gambling in Lithuania, as it is established in the Gaming Law. 

Control Authority strongly recommends all online gambling operators to review all their activities related to remote gambling in the Republic of Lithuania and to take actions to ensure that such services are not available for Lithuanian customers.