Romanian Parliament Debate on Gambling Regulations

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The deputy to the Romanian parliament, Dumitru Mihalescul, requested to introduce stricter regulations for gambling in that country by publicly challenging the director of the National Gambling Office of the country, Marius-Sebastian Ionescu.

Although he clarified that doesn’t oppose the game activity itself, the parliamentarian criticized the way the industry operates in Romania and pointed out that there are areas where children are exposed to damage from the game.

Mihalescul said:

“personally, as an entrepreneur, I am a great advocate of any private initiative whose purpose is regulated according to the goals of Romanian society.”

However, he said that unfortunately

“the poor regulation of the organization of the game in Romania allowed this type of business to be developed near schools or even within blocks of stairs.”

The parliamentarian threw three questions to Ionescu related to gambling regulations in Romania. The first was if the National Office of Gambling has already proposed some legislative initiative to prevent gambling from entering schools and other public spaces.

Mihalescul also asked if the Romanian regulator had already taken effective measures to prevent children from accessing online games.

“You know very well that the only filter against access to minors on the Internet is a question like ‘Are you over 18?’ – a restriction that can be avoided even for a 7-year-old child,” Mihalescul said by addressing Ionescu.

The third question of Deputy Mihalescul, was whether it would be appropriate for the game to be limited only to certain regions of the country with a greater influx of tourists.

The questions addressed to the head of the Romanian regulatory organization were then sent in writing to the National Office of Gambling, but have not yet received an answer. Although the regulator is obliged by the Romanian constitution in its article 11 to respond in a timely manner.


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