On Thursday 15 December 2011 the ministers of 15 German states signed the new Interstate Gambling Treaty. Once again Schleswig-Holstein was the one state that did not sign.
The current Interstate Gambling Treaty expires at the end of 2011 but it is not certain when the new Treaty becomes valid or if it will be accepted by the European Commission.
The individual states now have to sign the new gambling Treaty in their own parliaments, along with the 5% turnover tax.
The situation now, however, is that there are two separate laws relating to gambling in Germany. 15 of 16 states are operating under the Interstate Gambling Treaty whilst Schleswig-Holstein has implemented its own legislation.
How this situation can be justified under EU law is not clear.