Yesterday Prime Minister Edi Rama, as rarely happens after a parliamentary meeting, held a press conference mostly talking about gambling.
The premier declared that there will be no further extensions and that since 1 January 2019 the betting and gambling centers will no longer be able to open new centers in urban areas. In addition, Rama pointed out that starting today televisions, radios, newspapers and portals will have to remove gambling advertisements.
"According to the law, from the 31 December 2018, all online and electronic casinos will stop working. The change also includes sports bets, as well as any type of other bets.
Under the existing law which prohibits advertising on gambling and is violated by all media without exception, I invite you to remove all advertisements within 24 hours. Also because, once the 24 hours have passed, we will close all the sites and portals in which advertising banners of this type will still be. "- said Edi Rama.
A sector of millions of euros
The gambling industry in the country has been growing year after year; in fact, even in the 2017, there was a positive trend. The per capita expenditure of Albanians in this sector reached 46 euro last year.
According to data processed by the Albanian Albanian business magazine Monitor - based on the annual declarations of the 14 leading casino, betting, lottery and bingo companies - the sector's revenues amounted to around 132 million (16.6 billion lek). Comparing these data to the 2016, we note that there has been an increase in 9,3%, 11 million in numerical terms.
It is expected that this increase is even greater for the 2018, due to sporting events such as the soccer world championships and the addition of innumerable betting centers that are being extended to the capital and other cities in the country, replacing the traditional bars and locals.
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Posted by Edi Rama on Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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