Ukrainian authorities are preparing for the full legalization of the gambling business in the country
It became known that Ukraine is preparing to completely legalize betting and gambling. Back on January 16, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on the legalization of the gambling business in the 1st reading. Parliament plans to adopt the law in the 2nd reading by the end of this year.Danil Getmantsev, deputy and member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, said: “This bill is one of the most difficult. This is because there are a lot of scandals, conflicts and lobbying around him. Despite this, we expect that the gambling business in Ukraine will be fully legalized by the end of the year.” According to Getmantsev, the government began studying amendments to the document at the end of May, of which there are already more than 3,000. Among the amendments, the following should be noted: If a player wins more than 30 thousand hryvnia, he is obliged to provide the bookmaker with information about his tax authority; 18 to 21 years of age; Gambling zones will be available only on the territory of hotels in Ukraine. Thus, it is allowed to open betting shops in a three-star hotel, and a casino in a five-star hotel; What will the full legalization of gambling business affect? Experts believe that the permission for gambling and betting in Ukraine can have a negative impact on the entire state.The fact is that, for example, in Europe, for bookmakers, they set low tax rates at the beginning of their activities.When the betting company grows, they increase.However, the cost of a license to conduct gambling business in Ukraine was not reduced.This may lead to pseudo-legalization – income from the gambling business and will be hidden from the authorities. But it is not all that bad. The legalization of the gambling business will also bring positive aspects to the economy of Ukraine. For example, the number of tourists will increase. To improve the economy, a special fund will be created, where each bookmaker is obliged to contribute financial resources for the development of medicine, sports and culture. It is noteworthy that the head of the committee of the Verkhovna Rada claims: “Due to the legalization of the gambling business in Ukraine, the Ministry of Finance expects to receive up to 4.5 billion hryvnias to the state budget in 2020 alone.” What gambling establishments will operate in the country? 5 offline poker clubs, 5 online poker clubs, 20 casinos, 40,000 offline slot machines, 800 betting companies will be opened throughout the country. Favorite”. Despite the fact that a good income will come from the legalization of business to the state budget, the majority of Ukrainians are against such innovations. This statement is based on a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute among citizens of the country. Only 17.8% of people supported the bill, 56.1% were against, and 19.4% voted for the gambling business to operate only in a designated area. places for this.