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Bratislava neighbourhoods want to regulate gambling on their own

BRATISLAVA districts want to have the power to deal with gambling without the obligation to organise petitions for banning it in their local areas, said Ján Mrva, the Mayor of Vajnory, the neighbourhood of Bratislava after meeting with Matěj Hollan, the vice-Mayor of Brno, Czech Republic on July 28.

(Source: Sme)

“We would like municipalities with their parliaments to deal with gambling regulation,” Mrva said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “Each municipality would say by itself if it wants to have gambling of some kind in its area or not.”

Bratislava, along with its 17 neighbourhoods, launched a petition to ban gambling on all the city areas on May 28, and the signatures are mounting.

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“It looks as if politicians have tried to please voters – at any cost – by attacking our industry,” Juraj Danielis, spokesman of Association of Entertainment and Games and of the Association of Video Game Providers said, as quoted by Sme daily. He added that total ban will cause losses to city coffers and a vast increase of underground gambling.

Brno won its fight against gambling after five years of public discussion. There are some unofficial gambling houses but it is nothing in comparison with previous situaton when there were 3,500 slot machines in the city. The loss to Brno’s budget is a fair price for getting rid of gambling, according to Hollan.

“We are happy that we sacrificed the money from gambling because there is counter-balance in form of safer and better looking city,” Hollan said, as quoted by SITA. 

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