Serbia Getting Closer To Online Gambling

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The government of Serbia is reportedly getting closer to introducing legalized and regulated online gambling within its boundaries, this following the Government's blacklisting of 70 foreign gambling websites earlier in the year.

The Serbian Government is set to publish an updating draft that would spell out technical requirements that gambling operators would need to meet, as well as a tender which would hear bids to form state tested gaming labs.

Commenting on the issue at the IV Gaming Congress in Belgrade, JAKTA President Mirjana Acimovic said: “While Serbian operators are expecting new regulations regarding technical issues for online gaming, their regulators welcome this event for new ideas and best practices.”

In other Serbian gambling news, the country's Association of Gambling Providers is currently disputing a deal between Sportingbet and the State Lottery of Servia, claiming it violates the country's laws.

A statement by the AGP said: "Existing laws are grossly violated, and local companies unfairly pushed aside. SLS has chosen a foreign partner, company of questionable reputation, in a completely non-transparent way without publicly open competition thus making it impossible for local companies to participate."

"AGP expects that competent authorities will urgently stop the illegal business on the Internet, that the new government will review all contested actions and through consistent respect for the law ensure equal treatment of all participants of the market."

"Also, we hope that Serbian citizens will be protected from the influence of foreign firms and a variety of interest groups with questionable reputation, and that equity will be protected because it is a basic condition for economic prosperity of every country."

"Otherwise, there will be a complete breakdown of the domestic market which will only benefit certain interest groups at the expense of all citizens of Serbia."