Romania: Parliamentarian Calls For Stricter Gambling Regulations

Romania: Parliamentarian Calls For Stricter Gambling Regulations

Romanian parliamentarian Dumitru Mihalescul, member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, has slammed the state’s gambling regulator and urged for implementing stricter gambling rules.

The lawmaker said that he is not in opposition to the casino gambling industry but he is fully against the way the industry has been allowed to operate in the country. He expressed particular concern about children being exposed to gambling.

“Personally, as an entrepreneur, I am a strong supporter of any private initiative whose purpose is regulated in accordance with the goals of Romanian society,” Mihalescul said. “Unfortunately, however, the poor regulation of the organization of gambling in Romania allowed this type of business to develop in the proximity of schools or even within blocks of stairs.”

Mihalescul came down heavily on the country’s gambling regulator and asked some tough questions including what the regulator has done to prevent underage online gambling.

“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 by a 7-year-old,” Mihalescul said.

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