Ukraine gambling bill would tighten oversight, ban ads, offer RG tools

Ukraine gambling bill would tighten oversight, ban ads, offer RG tools

Article brief provided by The Kyiv Independent
  • Martin Fornusek, The Kyiv Independent
April 24, 2024 8:10 PM

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, supported in the first reading on April 24 a bill strengthening the state’s oversight over the gambling business, lawmaker Oleksii Honcharenko said.

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The negative social impacts of gambling are increasingly becoming a topic of public discussion as a petition demanding restrictions on online gambling reached the president’s table in March.

The bill, which was backed by 272 lawmakers in today’s vote, was submitted already back in May 2023. It has to pass the second reading and be signed by the president before becoming law.

The bill proposes to abolish the Commission for Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries and pass its responsibilities to the Digital Transformation Ministry.