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Czech Republic Proposes Tighter Regulation on Online, Mobile Gaming

On September 4th, 2008, the future of gaming in the Czech Republic is questionable as politicians and Finance ministry officials are making new laws that will protect the gaming public, the minors and the vulnerable as well as discouraging lawless elements from involving themselves in any form of gaming in the country. Czech Ethnic Minorities and Human Rights Minister Dzamila Stehlikova, who is involved in the drafting process of the proposal, said that all the gaming should be duly regulated by national law and not by decrease from municipalities.

A working group drafting the proposal has recommended that the brand new law on gaming limit the pastime to important premises to protect minors and people from small communities and from gaming advertisements that are everywhere. The working group hopes to submit their draft to the Czech government by end 2008. Online and mobile gambling are the targets for the ban. Stehlikova also plans to ensure that the number of gaming machines at bars and restaurants to be reduced.

Fines of up to 50,000 will be imposed on the violators of the regulations and a special inspection division would oversee compliance with the brand new laws. Stehlikova's office recently conducted a survey of one hundred municipalities and reported that 80% of Czech municipalities would like to limit gaming within their areas of authority. Over 85% of the municipalities stated that the negative effects of gaming like organize crime exceeded the financial benefits of casinos and other forms of gaming.

 

16 2008

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