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10:14 | 29 Януари 2020 г.
The MPs adopted the amendments in the Gambling Act on first reading.
GERB proposed that the State Commission on Gambling turns into an agency and its leader is appointed by the government. A sole agency will regulate the sector in a better way, according to the MPs from GERB.
The amendments also aim at listing all gambling addicted people together in order to stop the spread of this phenomenon. Only the people who realize their addiction will be put in that list and this would mean that he would not be let to places for gambling.
According to Vezhdi Rashidov there will be an improvement to the texts which provide 10% of the taxes from gambling to be used for culture. “Such regulations couldn’t work in the last 5 years. I cannot point out the reasons out. But the Commission for culture and media will provide the Gambling Act with such texts between the first and the second reading”, continued Rashidov.
"GERB are trying to mislead the Bulgarian Parliament, but they will not succeed”, said Prof. Rumen Gechev from the Bulgarian Socialist Party. “There is no such 'gambling king’ in any country. 5 people were leading the Commission up to now and as a result BGN 700 million is missing. From now on it will be way easier for being part of a corruption scheme”, continued Gechev.
The “United Patriots” proposed that gambling should be possible only in 5-stars-hotels in the National resorts and up to 20 km from the borders. This is the way to fight the gambling addiction, according to the MPs.