Slovenia’s Ministry of Finance is preparing to review the country’s gambling strategy after nearly 13 years. The current regulations, which were implemented in 2013, are being assessed with the goal of updating and making systematic changes to the gambling industry.

To aid in this process, an external independent contractor will be engaged to propose changes based on an analysis of Slovenia’s gambling sector. This analysis will take into consideration EU Court of Justice case law.

The ministry recognizes the importance of their regulatory efforts, stating that arranging games of chance can have a significant impact on economic and tourism development. However, it can also affect society in a unique way compared to other economic activities.

The updated strategy will address concession grants and responsible gambling regulations. The ministry is considering the long-term sustainability and international competitiveness of the current legal basis for organizing games of chance. Their aim is to align the Slovenian industry’s efforts to increase revenue with tourism and meet domestic demand.

These goals are dependent on effectively enforcing problem gambling protections and reducing the risk of gambling addiction and its repercussions. Furthermore, these proposals will be open for public consultation, allowing stakeholders to provide feedback and input.

This review in Slovenia comes at a time of heightened interest in the Central and Eastern European (CCE) region from international industry leaders. Notably, companies like Entain and SuperBet have made bids to acquire Slovenia’s sports betting monopoly, Športna Loterija. While these bids were unsuccessful in July, it highlights the significant interest in the market, with both operators offering €50m for 100% of Športna Loterija’s shares.

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