The city of Breman in North Rhine-Westphalia has amended its casino ownership laws. It allows the local government to take over ownership of the two casinos in Bremen and Bremerhaven.
Westspiel, the state-owned casino operator, currently owns the casinos and has put them up for private sale. The city of Breman wants to keep the casinos from becoming private and instead have them run by the government-owned Bremen Toto und Lotto GmbH.
The casinos in Bremen and Bremerhaven currently employ around 100 people.
Finance Senator Dietmar Strehl believes the move is necessary because it protects minors and combats gambling addiction.
Bremen received approximately €7 million from the casino tax in 2019. Also, Hauke Hilz, Vice Chairman of the Freedom Democratic Party, says that purchasing casinos is not a job for the state and that the purchase is a risk for taxpayers.