The Romanian National Gambling Office has kick-started the compliance process in Romania by today awarding Class 2 licences to two certification and auditing bodies.
International gaming laboratories NMi and GLI have been awarded licences to certify and audit, which is good news for operators and their suppliers who now have not only certainty in terms of choosing a lab who is approved within the relevant time frame, but also a choice of two labs where previously there had been none.
This development, along with the release of “Ordinul nr.93/2016” on April 27 which officially defines the scope of the certification and audit, now allows licensees in Romania to start the process immediately. This is an important step forward as several operators, and consequently a larger number of their suppliers, require these compliance activities to be completed by the end of June, when their temporary right to operate expires.
The majority of temporary permits expire in July and August.
The Romanian gambling market is set to become one of the most dynamic and lucrative in Eastern Europe. With around 70,000 slot machines, 5,000 betting shops and several casinos already operating, and well-known gaming brands opening development offices in the country to take advantage of the upwardly mobile, technically competent workforce, consumer demand for online gaming in the country has never been higher. The newly adopted legislation has already seen positive results for the state budget, due to the implementation of tighter controls of the land based market; thousands of illegal slot machines have been removed making licences even more attractive to investors. With new legislation now in place for both online and landbased gaming, and with their Class 2 licence secured, NMi are able to provide certification and auditing services to interested operators and are perfectly positioned to service the Romanian and Eastern European markets.
Andrew Rosewarne, director of NMi’s gaming division said: “We are delighted to have received our formal approval as a lab in Romania. Entry into this market has not been without its challenges. The awarding of Class 2 licences in Romania is the culmination of a lengthy and time-consuming process for NMi’s regulatory team, but the experience of achieving approval in more than 25 igaming jurisdictions has stood us in good stead.
“NMi has been operating in highly-regulated jurisdictions for years now with their corresponding investment costs. Our many loyal customers appreciate our level of service and breadth of coverage and we are now in a position to provide straightforward transfers of approval to Romania.”