The Council members and presidents of Italy’s 100 municipalities and 20 autonomous regions have been urged to throw their support behind the government’s ambitious plans to reorganize the gambling industry in the country.
The Conferenza Unificata (CU), which oversees cooperation between the governments of the regions and the state, has recognized the potential issues that may arise while supervising retail gambling venues. As a result, they have proposed that a 5% share of the revenue from slot machines be distributed to regions with the “Ordinary Statute.”
In addition to the CU’s proposal, regional councilors have also issued their demand for an additional €300 million to be added to their yearly budget. This money would be used to monitor land gambling venues, promote safer gambling practices, and improve problem gambling interventions.
The government is seeking to implement reforms that would gradually reduce the number of gambling venues such as bingo halls, game arcades, and betting shops, while also relocating them to concentrated environments to promote safer gambling practices.
The Ministry of the Economy and Finance is focused on modernizing the legislation regarding land gambling venues in order to put an end to criminal activities and tax evasion.
During preliminary hearings for the decree, additional measures were proposed, including the imposition of a levy on brick-and-mortar gambling venue sales, similar to the levies imposed on tobacco and alcohol.
The decree, which has been approved by the government, is pending for the audit of the Parliament’s Finance Committee, with expected opinion on the size of the decree’s budget on February 22.
Trade associations representative of Italian gambling operators, along with retail stakeholders, will make their views heard in Parliament on February 7. The government may decide to amend the decree with fresh measures or publish it in the Official Gazette.
At the beginning of January, Treasury Deputy Minister Maurizio Leo and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed their support for the reorganization of the land-based gambling industry, emphasizing the economic benefits and enhanced customer safety.