A new Gambling Act was adopted in the Czech Republic establishing a licensed online gaming framework. The new legislation inter alia envisages that the Ministry of Finance will create and maintain a list of webpages with unauthorized online games (the "List"). Internet connection providers in the territory of the Czech Republic will be obliged to block webpages included on the List and payment service providers will be forbidden to execute payment transactions to or from any payment accounts contained on the List. In this regard, experts point out that these measures are too reminiscent of the censorship of the Internet.
In addition, the law drops the Czech Republic's prohibition on certain foreign-based operators and allows them to obtain online gambling licenses.