Romanian Gambling Reform: New Restrictions For Companies Without Local HQs 

Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolaku said that companies will not be able to engage in gambling without a tax headquarters in Romania. He gave the example of companies whose headquarters are located «through Transnistria» and accused them of having ties to the «gambling mafia».

At a government meeting, Colaku announced that an emergency executive order on this issue would be presented with further fast track procedure for its adoption. 

«I am convinced that the state authorities will shed light on how these intermediaries want to pressure certain politicians to make decisions in favor of this industry, as has happened in the past. As they did during the pandemic, when the gambling mafia was at the Government’s table. Slots were open all over Romania, while churches and hospitals were closed», — said Ciolacu.

The bill that takes gambling halls out of towns was passed in early September by senators. According to the legislative initiative, the license for gambling is granted depending on the number of inhabitants of the locality, proven by a certificate issued by the local public administration authority, so that there is at most one workplace per 20,000 inhabitants.

The bill aims to amend GEO 77/2009, initiated by a group of PSD deputies, and stipulates that a place intended for gambling must be located no more than 50 meters from the territorial border of a city/municipality or commune, including the municipality of Bucharest.

All betting companies, casinos and slot machines are affected, with the exception of lottery agencies selling their products. The bill will be sent to the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making body

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