Because there was no particular mention of internet betting in Romanian gambling legislation before 2009, international online bookmakers were able to operate freely on the market. However, in 2010, the government took a big step toward making online betting legal in Romania by setting up a regulatory body.
More specifically, the National Gambling Office (ONJN) was founded on March 27, 2013, and the state immediately allowed it to give licenses to internet companies. However, to obtain an online license, an operator must also have a physical offline presence in the country, according to the initial licensing standards. On December 29, 2014, Emergency Ordinance No. 92 was passed, which changed the licensing rules.
International online operators no longer need to obtain an offline gambling license to apply for a local license. In February 2016, the current legislative framework was finally adopted. According to the law, any bookmaker in Romania, whether local or foreign, must have a valid Class 1 license issued by ONJN to operate in the country.
People in charge of the online betting ecosystem, like payment processors and software providers, have to get a Class 2 license from ONJN. This is what the government said in its June 23, 2016, decision.
For gamblers, winnings are tax-free. There have been proposals in recent legislation to tax prizes over 600 RON at a rate of 25%. This idea has subsequently been canceled, and the tax burden has been shifted to the operators, who always make a profit, rather than the customers, who lose money regularly. A lot of EU countries still let Romanians bet on sports without having to pay taxes on their winnings.