Ukraine: The gambling bill is ready for the second reading

The Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy approved the bill and recommended it for the 2nd reading in the parliament.

“The Committee almost unanimously supported the formation of a new market and with a consolidated position asks for the support of the Verkhovna Rada. We are completely ready to go to the parliament for the second reading, ” said MP Andriy Motovylovets, who is also a member of this committee.

Several thousand amendments submitted to the document have been reviews, so if the deputies support this decision, the bill № 2285-d will be voted according to a special procedure.

According to David Arakhamia, the leader of the Servant of the People political party, the second reading is expected within a week. So if the bill passes the 2nd reading, gambling will be officially legalized in Ukraine. However, some expert say there is a possibility the President will veto the bill, as some of the amendments proposed by the President’s office were not taken into account due to a strong lobby of the lottery operators.

Andriey Nabukhotnyi

Former editor-in-chief of Ukrainian specialized magazine catalogue Entertainment Industry. Andriey is E-Play's observer of Eastern European gambling market.

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