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Gambling Act amendment to be submitted to EU member countries for comment

The proposed amendment to Slovakia's Gambling Act, which would curb the activities of foreign online betting companies operating without a licence in Slovakia, will be submitted for comments to all EU member countries and the European Commission.

The proposed amendment to Slovakia's Gambling Act, which would curb the activities of foreign online betting companies operating without a licence in Slovakia, will be submitted for comments to all EU member countries and the European Commission.

Zuzana Bruteničová, from the Finance Ministry's press department, said on Thursday, October 6, that the ministry is acting in line with the rules of EU notification processes in adopting legislation that is not part of so-called harmonised spheres, the TASR newswire reported. "After the notification process is finished – it lasts at least three months – and evaluation of comments presented by EU-member countries, the commission will decide on further moves concerning this legislative proposal," said Bruteničová.

The draft, which was unveiled in early September, has come up against criticism by certain ministries that objected to how difficult enforcement of the law would be, and that said that the penalties were too harsh. Meanwhile, IT associations pointed to the risk of misuse, and possible violation of the principle of free exchange of information on the internet.

Source: TASR

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