By Valérie Peano
To help recover from the heavy impact of the pandemic on the gambling sector in Italy, the Italian Ministry of Finance’s sub-secretary in charge of gambling has announced significant gambling reforms to be undertaken in the next 12-18 months.
Indeed, the lockdown measures resulting from the pandemic had a dramatic impact on the land-based gambling industry, resulting in a serious contraction in offline gambling volumes, as well as the financial and organizational difficulties faced by the value-chain operators. It also resulted in a swift transition to the online channel, which is probably, at least in part, irreversible, and a significant increase in the illegal gambling offer.
As a result, Parliament should delegate to the government the drafting of significant reforms to reorganise the whole gambling sector.
One of the most awaited reforms concerns the revision of the tenders for new gambling licenses.