UKRAINE

Ukrainian government supports the bill on gambling

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has reviewed and supported the bill “On state regulation of gambling”. The law provides for the creation of  special supervisory board  for gambling industry. The response of the government has been published by the press service of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on September 30.

According to the press service, this supervision board will watch all types of gambling activities and issue licenses.

The bill defines special gambling zones for casinos and slot machine halls. Thus, casinos will be allowed in five-star hotels. Slot machines halls will be located on the territory of 3 and 4 star hotels only.

The bill also provides for the introduction of “responsible gaming” principles, which requires operators to prevent and minimize the negative consequences of problem gambling.

The bill creates new system of  licensing. There will be a limited number of gambling licenses. Licenses will differ depending on the type of gambling, the number of gambling equipment and the location of the gambling establishment. The cost of the license will be determined by the results of electronic auctions. The bill also requires to use certified gambling equipment.

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