UKRAINE

Experts expect Ukraine’s President to veto the bill

The Chairman of the Parliament Dmitry Razumkov has already signed the law on gambling. However, according to some experts, President’s veto is expected.

The document must still be signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky, after which the law will come into force. The law allows opening casinos, bookmaker’s offices, slot machine halls on the territory of Ukraine, and online poker.

It is expected that the bill will be vetoed by the President and returned to the Verkhovna Rada for revision.  The text of the bill contains some contradictions and uncoordinated amendments were made at the last moment.

In particular, the text takes into account two conflicting amendments. It is indicated that the Cabinet of Ministers and the relevant committee of the Parliament will be engaged in the formation of the commission for the selection of members of the gambling commission.

Also, the final text of the bill included a provision that casinos can be opened not only in five-star hotels, but also in four-star hotels.

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