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Efforts to stop mega-casino

HE CONSERVATIVE Democrats of Slovakia (KDS) will try to push forward a law in parliament’s February session to hinder construction of a ‘mega-casino’ in a planned multi-purpose complex called Metropolis on the outskirts of Bratislava, the SITA newswire wrote on December 18.

HE CONSERVATIVE Democrats of Slovakia (KDS) will try to push forward a law in parliament’s February session to hinder construction of a ‘mega-casino’ in a planned multi-purpose complex called Metropolis on the outskirts of Bratislava, the SITA newswire wrote on December 18.

The draft bill on gambling was submitted to parliament for a second time by independent deputy Pavol Minárik. He said if the bill is not approved this time it will be a clear message from Slovak deputies about how they feel about the moral state of Slovak society. Minárik has proposed to drop all provisions that he says were 'smuggled' into the law by Finance Minister Ján Počiatek.

The Finance Ministry incorporated a new category of casinos into the revision of the gambling act, namely a casino in a recreational complex. Parliament passed the bill in October.

The KDS deputy wants to limit the number of slot machines in an arcade or casino to 70, as is the case in Poland. He is also calling for a ban on alcohol consumption in arcades that are not part of casinos.

The draft bill on gambling under which slot machines would only be allowed in arcades and casinos was not approved last year in its second reading in parliament at the beginning of December.

The Metropolis complex is to be constructed by TriGranit, one of the largest developers in Europe, and envisions an entertainment and relaxation complex which will offer its visitors not only recreation and culture but also gambling. It is planned for a 30-hectare site in Jarovce, south of Bratislava.


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