Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Govt defeated over moratorium on gambling outlets


(see related stories on government instability)
Rome, September 5 - Premier Enrico Letta's
government was defeated on Thursday when the Senate voted in
favour of a Northern League motion calling for a ban on the
opening of new gambling enterprises in Italy for a year.
There is concern that the rapid spread of gambling outlets
and Internet betting sites after liberalisations is causing a
rise in addictions and huge hardship for the families of
All forms of gambling in Italy have risen during the
current recession, the country's longest in over two decades.
Economy Undersecretary Alberto Giorgetti said he would
offer to give up his responsibilities for the gambling sector
after the Upper House overwhelmingly rejected his call to vote
against the motion.
He said the content of the motion caused problems regarding
the rights of gambling businesses and that a moratorium would
produce a six-billion-euro hole in the State budget.

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