Government of Italy insists on banning online gambling

18 June 2018

The new government of Italy insists on banning the advertising of online bets after Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Mayo issued a so-called decree on dignity.

As part of this decree, there will be a ban on gambling advertising, said Di Mayo, who is the leader of the largest political party in the government coalition since the general elections in the country in March.

Earlier, representatives of the Italian government said that they intend to impose strict restrictions on all forms of gambling, which allow you to make bets, as well as a complete ban on sponsorship related to gambling.

The government also seeks to reduce the number of gambling machines, but Di Mayo, who is also the Minister of Economic Development, Labor and Social Policy, said that the process of imposing restrictions in this industry will begin with advertising.

However, he also noted that he does not want to ban gambling in full.

In April, the Italian regulator Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) received applications for online gambling from 80 operators. Some companies preferred to make separate applications for several licenses, while the fee for each was € 200,000 ($ 250,000).

Bet365, PokerStars, Luckia, Videolots and Lottomatica were among the brands that applied for new licenses, which must be valid until December 31, 2022.

Despite the significant reduction in the number of gamblers among teenagers in 2017, the new bill on gambling is in many ways aimed at preventing child addiction to gambling.

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