The giant cost of the failed war on Polish gambling

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For the last several months slot machine owners can reclaimgambling machines secured by customs service. Unsuccessful war declared by Jacek Kapica-former deputy minister of finance on slot machine operators already costs the country at least 10 million zł – established “GazetaPolska”

On 1 October 2009, “Rzeczpospolita” revealed fragments of transcripts of wiretaps recorded by the Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA). The transcripts showed that the time of making the draft of gambling actserious irregularities could have been implemented.

In October 2015 the “GazetaPolska” newspaper revealed that the former Prime Minister Donald Tusk made that decision for political reasons, without any analysis of the consequences for the industry, finaces of the state and industry future. After that Jacek Kapica got the new role to supervise the gambling market. He immediately got down to work. He and his accomplices introducedcustoms decrees on a fast legislative variant in order for them to enter into force in January 2010.
But then, after Parliament decision by the end of 2009, Kapica instructed his Customs Service army to start the operation code-named “Therapy”. Customs officers started a mass confiscation of slot machines across the country. For the last several months these machines are being returned to owners, and most cases were written off for a long time. The “GazetaPolska” newspaper now wants to evaluate how much the costs ofthe expenditure of transport and storage of slots and expert examinations were. “GP” shows that the costs of leaks from the state budget of a period from 2009 till 2014 estimates to 10 million zł. But they are actually higher, because not all of the Customs Chambers conducted detailed list of expenses related to the gambling industry.

Everything took place because politicians somehow convinced Polish people that there is a gambling pathology problem in Poland and the key is to fight it.

The opinions of experts who performed technical testing machines to see if the machines are operating in accordance with the provisions of the Gambling Act being in force from 2003 till 2009proved to bemost expensive. Total expenditure of those services for the period of 2009-2014 amounted to approx. 8.7 million zł.

The real cost is really huge, but it appears to be the tip of an iceberg.

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