Pending reform of public games of chance: in addition to online, there are also many critical questions for bars, tobacconists and all commercial establishments that contain machines and VLTs
This is a moment of great turmoil for the food sector public game, which has the opportunity to reform the sector in the Law on Delegation. In addition to online, eyes also pointed game physicistand industry associations are showing their dismay at the draft that has begun to circulate.
“In these hours the parameters and levers on the new budget law. Furthermore, press announcements suggest that among the measures to obtain funds, regulatory initiatives are being examined for the implementation of only part of the measures provided for in the planned restructuring Fiscal delegation. Actually, we’re talking about reorganization of the Internet but not the reorganization of the territory. Without detracting from the importance of the reorganization for online, in taking measures, especially if they are urgent for the procurement of funds in the budget law, it is necessary to remember that acting in an uneven manner in the implementation of fiscal delegation can concretely mean the imposition of indirect penalties on the generalist network of territories that is instead the protagonist in achieving the main goals of public interest on which the existence of the sector itself is based,” the associations emphasize ACADI, ASTRO, EGP and SAPAR.
“L”general offer of bars and tobacconists in the territories it is able to provide a great guarantee of legality, with the presence of state gaming products in 75,000 points (of which 41,000 are bars) in 6,044 of the 7,901 Italian municipalities. The same generalist offer with gaming machines provides significant gaming revenue of €5.9 billion (on 11 products from across the sector) and provides work with other supply chains in the environment for 140,000 employees out of an estimated 150,000 across the sector. . In the same way, small and medium-sized enterprises operating slot machines with and without cash prizes are a guarantee of legality, an important voice for the national treasury and a first-rate employment value. It is a system of companies that are deeply rooted in the territory and represent the first line of the state in terms of legality and prevention of problem gambling”, they continue.
“AND inconsistent and partial reform – he continues – it is a reform that risks being suitable for reducing, condensing, limiting or in some way indirectly penalizing the presence of the generalist network that is now rooted in the territories: therefore there is a risk of jeopardizing the constitutional interests of protecting the health of users and public faith (created with the offer which is measured and controlled by the state and managed by professional operators), protection of public order in the territories such as prevention of money laundering obtained from criminal activities (with a real visible and effective presence), tax revenues (which is remembered as an occurrence) employment (which until today provided in fact in every part of Italy). Ultimately, the protection of the territory, as well as the web, by the state and the army of its public service representatives must not be withdrawn. And this must not happen either for indirect reasons or because of the unsettled, inhomogeneous and non-compact application of the Reorganization which, wisely, the Law on Delegation dealt with without giving priority or without marking the predominance of any distribution vertical, due to the recognized importance of the combination of public offer which is consolidated over time for the achievement of the stated public interests”, is the conclusion.