Ivan Rudy, head of the Gambling and Lottery Regulatory Commission, expects the market to start operating on December 15.
He said this in an interview with Liga.net.
“As for the market, we expect it to start working on December 15. But in fact, it all depends on when the Cabinet agrees to license terms,” Rudy said.
The Cabinet appointed him head of the commission on October 28. The government also approved Evgeny Getman, deputy director of the state specialized enterprise Central Radioactive Waste Management Company, as a member of the regulator. According to Rudogo, four more members of the commission will be recommended this week.
The head of the commission said that he knew the deputy head of the Presidential Office Kirill Tymoshenko and his adviser Boris Baum, “who oversees the transformation of the Ukrainian gambling market.”
“Baum is our key consultant. But I have an understanding of world trends, an understanding of what the gambling market is, I follow this area. After all, it is a great tool for attracting investment into the country and filling the budget in a humane way. It’s basically just a business where it’s important to understand your strengths and weaknesses, take into account risks and have a development strategy,” Rudy said.
Asked if he had “an understanding of the market,” the head of the commission said he was not a supporter of “fighting windmills and creating difficulties before they occur.”
“We will deal with all the questions on the fact of their appearance. It’s just getting started,” he added.
Rudy expects that in the near future will be adopted bill 2713-d on the taxation of income from gambling and lotteries.
“We have the ambition to attract 1 billion UAH to the budget by the end of the year from the sale of licenses and the launch of the market… These are my personal ambitions, which I believe is realistic in the current climate. I was not given any tasks from above, except to form a working regulatory body in the gambling market,” he explained.
In mid-August, a law came into force in Ukraine, which the Parliament legalized gambling (casinos, betting shops, slot machine halls). In order for the gambling business to start operating legally, the Gambling and Lottery Regulatory Commission is needed.
It is a regulator that will develop licensing conditions and issue licenses; To maintain a number of new registries. will create an exclusive list of gaming equipment subject to mandatory certification and a list of those who can carry out certification. For now, the regulator cannot start work, as it will become empowered after the appointment of more than half of the members (four out of seven).