Gambling Legalisation in Ukraine Gets Delayed

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed to approve the gambling bill by the end of 2019, but this task seems no longer achievable.

According to Dmitry Natalukha, chairman of the parliamentary committee on economic policy, transition period is required for a number of things, including the creation of a special commission for the control of gambling and development of online monitoring system.

On the other hand, some experts say that the idea of ​​transition period is just an excuse to delay legalisation. Now the “Servant of the People” Party has a majority in parliament and the chance of adopting the law is high. However, in a year or two the majority can sway.

Parliament must consider all eight registered bills. Members of the Economic and Tax Committees say that none of these eight projects is planned to be approved in its original version. The deputies intend to prepare another project by the end of 2019 that will take into account all the amendments.