Bulgarian Gambling Lobby Criticizes New Law Proposition

The recent propositions for limiting the sales of lottery tickets and gambling in Bulgarian stores was met with harsh criticism from the gambling lobby.

The Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (KRIB) wrote an open letter to the deputy prime minister Valeri Simeonov, calling his proposition to limit lottery ticket sales to specialized gambling parlours “populism” and “legislative voluntarism.”

The chairman of KRIB, Kiril Domuschiev, claimed that such a restriction will cause a massive loss for Bulgaria’s economy.

The letter states: “We object to the vicious legislative approach to make changes that concern a wide circle of entrepreneurs and citizens without there being a desired upfront assessment for their influence and to asses the fiscal effect of their potential implementation. Yet again legislative changes are being proposed without societal discourse and assessment on how their implementation will affect the fiscal.”

Two of Bulgaria’s largest lottery ticket sellers – Eurobet and Lottery Bulgaria are part of KRIB. Bulgaria’s new gambling laws will have a massive effect on this industry. The proponents of gambling claim this is one of the few Bulgarian economic sectors that has a steady revenue, while the opponents claim gambling undermines social cohesion. Indeed, many of the advertisements of lottery tickets put a positive spin on gambling, showing happy people that bought houses and cars with their winnings.

GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party expressed support of the new gambling laws, meaning that lottery ticket salesmen will see a drastic change in their industry.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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