The Romanian Government is taking action to tighten control over gambling enterprises. Through the Ministry of Finance, several draft emergency ordinances have been released outlining the proposed changes in gambling regulation.

These ordinances are set to be discussed and voted upon in Parliament in October, marking a crucial step in their implementation. Key changes include the introduction of a new licensing fee, a ban on alcohol sales at gambling venues (excluding casinos), and the requirement for gambling operators to obtain a license.

With regards to licensing, the proposed draft suggests a new fee structure that will cover all aspects of gambling. This means that individual games, such as lotto and slot machines, will need to pay an annual fee ranging from €15,000 to €200,000, depending on their popularity and profitability.

Additionally, land-based casinos and larger retailers will be subject to individually assessed licensing fees, determined by the Ministry of Finance based on their annual income. These measures aim to bring greater control and oversight to the gambling industry in Romania, ensuring a safer and more regulated environment for both operators and players alike.

The draft includes a provision for businesses to set aside at least €1 million for licensing requirements. Additionally, the Ministry recommends improving tax collection enforcement by requiring operators to promptly submit their tax contributions. The draft also proposes expanding the supervisory powers of the National Gambling Office of Romania to align with European standards. This would involve creating a centralized database to monitor licensed operators and gambling consumers.

Ministry supports strict limitations on gambling ads, including banning unsolicited online adverts and promotional incentives like bonuses and jackpots.

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