The Council members and presidents of Italy’s 100 municipalities and 20 autonomous regions are being urged to support the government’s plans to reorganize the gambling industry. The Conferenza Unificata (CU), responsible for coordinating between regional and national governments, has recognized the challenges in supervising retail gambling venues and has suggested distributing a 5% share of slot machine revenue to regions with “the Ordinary Statute.”
Regional councilors are also demanding an additional €300 million ($322 million) annually to aid in implementing safer gambling policies, monitoring gambling venues, and providing interventions for problem gambling. The government decrees are seen as crucial to address these issues, and regional and municipal councilors have been encouraged to provide feedback and allocate resources to combat problem gambling.
The reorganization decrees aim to gradually reduce the number of gambling venues and relocate them to concentrated areas to promote safer gambling practices. The Ministry of the Economy and Finance is also focused on modernizing legislation to prevent criminal activities such as tax evasion.
During preliminary hearings for the decrees, additional measures were proposed, including imposing a levy on gambling venue sales similar to those on tobacco and alcohol. The decrees have received government approval and are pending audit by the Parliament’s Finance Committee, with the final budget expected to be expressed on February 22.
Trade associations representing gambling operators and retail stakeholders are scheduled to present their views on the decrees in Parliament on February 7. Treasury Deputy Minister Maurizio Leo and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni have expressed their support for the industry’s reorganization, emphasizing economic benefits and improved customer safety.
Overall, the Italian government is pushing for significant changes in the gambling industry, and it is crucial for regional and municipal leaders to express their support and provide input to ensure the success of these reforms.