UKRAINE

Ukraine hurries to legalize gambling business

The head of the expert council of the Ukrainian analytical center, Boris Kushniruk, said that the authorities are trying to legalize the gambling business in turbo mode.  Along with the main draft law on legalization No. 2285, 7 more bills have appeared. At the same time, as the expert notes,  these projects do not solve the problem of the gambling business  and were submitted to the Parliament without public discussion and in violation of the procedures.

On November 12, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution according to which all 8 draft laws were submitted for consideration by deputies at the current sessional week. It is noteworthy that in addition to the main draft law developed and submitted by the government, almost all alternative bills were submitted by deputies from the party “Servant of the people”.

“It is somewhat strange that different members of the same party  Servant of the People rushed to write draft laws about the same thing. But this also explains that the authorities, on the one hand, are in a hurry to legalize gambling, and hopes that one of the laws will be able to be approved for the first reading and adjusted to the second and third reading promptly. On the other hand, it is obvious that the president, government and deputies do not have a unified position on this issue. The adoption of any of these projects will not lead to the promised investment growth by Vladimir Zelensky and budget revenues, since all draft laws are divorced from reality and lobbied by a narrow group of companies, mainly Russian. This explains the abnormal non-publicity in the development and adoption of the legalization project for the gambling business”, said Kushniruk.

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