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Kyiv began talking about the legalization of gambling

The First International Conference “Ukrainian Gaming Summit 2017” devoted to the issue of legalization of the gaming business in Ukraine was held in the prestigious hotel “Hyatt Regency” in Kyiv.

As is known, since 2009 gambling in Ukraine is prohibited by law. The initiator of the conference, the president of the Ukrainian Association of the gambling industry, Irina Sergienko, expressed her confidence that this is a matter of time: “We do not ask whether to legalize business or not. There are two questions left: when will this happen and how exactly?”

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Family, Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism Arthur Palatny during the speech focused on the development of sports in Ukraine due to the gambling industry, because at the moment the sports industry is sponsored by the residual principle. Palatny stated, that only at the initial stage of legalization of the gambling market, the state treasury can be replenished by 4-5 billion UAH annually.

Vice-president of the investment group DCN Elena Derevyanko on the example of Premier Hotel Palace Kharkiv 5*, explained the feasibility of implementing such a direction of the gaming business as a casino. Derevyanko noted that in the case of socially responsible legalization of casinos, this sector of the industry is the most transparent from the point of view of state regulation, and it practically does not create negative social effects, but only provides additional tax revenues and jobs.

Director of GLI Europe Martin Britton’s will help in a constructive dialogue between the state, business and society – the game industry must be regulated and become attractive to investors.

It is important to said that in June 2015, Prime-Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk promoted the idea of ​​legalization of the gambling business, but in December 2015 the bill on the legalization of the gambling market introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers was rejected by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on prevention and combating corruption.

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