The Albanian government have pushed to reintroduce online gambling into society, but they have been met with resistance from members of their own and rival party.
Albanian Government Met With Resistance After Plans To Reintroduce Online Gambling
Albania banned all forms of gambling in 2019 except from a few land-based casinos. However, back in 2022 the government announced plans to re-legalise it through a new legal system.
The new law was put forward to the Parliamentary Committee for Economy and Finance by Deputy Finance Minister Vasilika Vjero, but it did not go down well due to fears of money laundering and legal loopholes.
Vjero said that the draft law was helped put together with interest groups, stakeholders and sporting federations, with money from the licensing process set to fund the country’s sports sector. However, this was not taken well by other members of the party.
Socialist Party MP Erion Brace said that the consultation of the law was not seen to be extensive enough and that it should have been more inclusive to those that have suffered from gambling problems.
Brace also had concerns about over taxing if online gambling was re-legalised and did not believe that the estimated revenue (close to €1billion per year) was realistic.
The proposed law would allow gambling online with only registered and licenced operators with strict requirements in place like digital payments and player data retention.
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