Polish Betting Firms Call for Reforms

The gambling industry organisation Polska Izba Gospodarcza Branży Rozrywkowej (PIGBRiB) has urged the Polish government to make major changes to Poland’s gambling rules.

 

PIGBRiB has produced a report for the SEJM, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, which criticise the Treasury’s 2017 regulations as not being viable in a modern economy.

 

Back in 2016, the governing PiS National Conservative Party asked the Treasury to undertake a major reform of Poland’s gambling rules, which drastically altered the betting landscape in the following year. The rules imposed a 12% turnover tax on betting firms and also limited the provision of online casino games to state provider Totalizator Sportowy.

 

But after three years of the new rules, PIGBRiB has called on politicians to think again and to come up with changes that they say would stimulate competition in the market while also maximising the benefits that accrue to the national Treasury.

 

Top of the list for PIGBRiB is the reduction of the 12% turnover tax. Instead they are urging the government to follow the example of most regulated EU betting sectors and adopt a 20% tax rate on Gross Gaming Revenue. They also want the government to look at some specific areas. The most significant is the creation of a supervisory body to oversee the industry. They are also asking for the creation of gambling legislation focused on the potential benefits of a thriving gambling industry.

 

PIGBRiB have also raised a number of EU member studies on the most effective gambling legislative and regulatory frameworks that can protect consumers while increasing state revenue. However, despite PIGBRiB’s repeated appeals and the criticism of a number of foreign operators, the controversial Polish government, which has also earned widespread condemnation for its stance on LGBTQ issues, have shown no sign of being willing to amend the existing rules.

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