[Poland] Proposed changes to gambling law constantly critisized

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Contrary to the deputy finance Minister Wieslaw Janczyk’s declarations, the notification procedure of the amendment is not running smoothly at all.

Entrepreneurs and their representatives from several EU member states have made many critical comments about the amendment. The European Commission has therefore decided to extend the suspension period by another month.

We remind our readers that in mid-October, we reported that the government was confident that the notification procedure on the draft amendment to the gambling act would be swift. We quoted deputy Minister Wieslaw Janczyk, who said that all the available information indicated that the European Commission would soon give Poland the go-ahead for the new law, meaning that the new rules would come into force at the beginning of 2017.

It seems, however, that this will not happen, thanks to organizations associating gambling industry businessmen from Austria, Denmark and Malta, who were extremely critical of the Polish project. Among their gravest concerns was the planned state monopoly on the gaming sector, which is to be run by a single entity.

“Why does the European Commission have to tolerate an environment unfavorable to entrepreneurs, which will only work in favor of one company, leading to the elimination of hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses?” asks John Brochstedt, chairman of Dansk Automat Brancheforening, a Danish association entrepreneurs from the local gambling industry.

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