Change of leadership at Germany's gambling regulator as unlicensed operators persist
Jorg Sibbel is stepping down as chairman of German gambling regulator GGL, to be replaced by Udo Götze, amidst ongoing efforts to combat the country's illegal gambling market
The chairman of the German gambling regulator, Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL), Jorg Sibbel, will leave the organization on 1 July, with his position to be filled by Udo Götze, a state secretary in the Thuringian Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs.
This leadership change follows the guidelines of the Fourth State Treaty on Gambling, which mandates yearly chair rotations. Sibbel's tenure saw the regulator taking over all gambling regulatory responsibilities from various state departments.
Götze enters an organization grappling with a substantial illegal gambling market, with 207 unlicensed operators offering services via 843 German language websites.