Can Italy’s Democratic Party Make Sense Of Gambling

The new program of the ‘centrist left’ coalition cabinet led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and formed by the 5Star Movement and Italy’s Democratic Party (DP), has proclaimed: “Action against problem gambling will be reinforced.”

After intense discussion and objection by Lega, Italy has thus far avoided another constitutional crisis as the lower house of Rome approves the formation of another’ uneasy coalition.’

The cabinet headed by Conte sees former MEP Professor Roberto Gualtieri (DP) appointed Minister of Economy and Finance, heading the department responsible for the Italian gambling sector’s regulatory supervision.

Meanwhile, 5Star chief Luigi Di Maio and author of the anti-gambling mandate of the Dignity Decree will serve as the Foreign Secretary of Italy.

Statements published by DP, back 5Stars anti-gambling stance, marking the battle against gambling addiction as one of the few common grounds the coalition government shares.

Industry management is eagerly awaiting the submission by 5Star-DP of its Combined Financial Plan to Parliament on 27 September, which is supposed to detail’ unresolved industry issues,’ with stakeholders focusing on whether the new Italian government will pursue further reforms of the Gambling Decree.

The activities of DP will be carefully tracked by Italian betting stakeholders, evaluating whether the traditional left wing of Italy turns its back on the gambling reforms conducted during the last DP (2013-2018) championship.

While DP is working hard in office to achieve an agreement with local authorities to reorganize the allocation of gaming machines across domestic provinces, a directive that halved gaming points.

A critical 5Star would, however, dismiss DPs reforms without any qualms, continuing to maintain the social mandate of the Dignity Decree, but not providing alternative proposals on deployments of gaming machines.

This uncertainty has resulted to an aggravated situation, witnessed in administrative courts through a large amount of gambling conflicts, with industry stakeholders left unprotected by the absence of uniform regional legislation.

As far as problem gambling is concerned, Italian betting turns its attention to Health Minister Teresa Bellanova (DP), who is supposed to reopen Italy’s ‘Observatory on Problem Gambling, ‘ a research and therapy foundation maintained by Milan’s Technology University and State Auditor SOGEI.

Following its last session on 16 April, the Lega-5Star coalition ended the basis, a common and well-supported initiative. Betting stakeholders expect the Italian government to re-establish the Observatory if it intends to be serious about addressing gambling issues.

The final reform on the agenda of Italian gambling is whether the Interior Ministry will allow Como province to restore the two state-owned casinos operated by bankrupt Casinò di Campione.

Italy’s Interior Ministry will be headed by former Milan Prefect Luciana Lamorgese (DP), who said she would work with Campione d’Italia and local authorities to find viable alternatives to restructure Como’s biggest employer.