Gaming Act raises moral debate in parliament

The disputed placement of a mega-casino in the Jarovce satellite borough of Bratislava is viewed differently by coalition partners, with the Christian democrats of KDH strongly against the development and the more liberal SaS seeing nothing wrong with it.

Head of the SaS party Richar Sulik says it is wrong to stifle entrepreneurial activities and that the state has no right to interfere.

KDH MPs Martin Fronc, Julius Brocka and Jana Zitnanska believe that some areas should be restricted and that gambling in itself is hazardous and the cause of social problems for many people. The debate was rekindled as parliament discussed the amendment to the Gaming Act.

The public felt strongly enough about the development project that a petition was launched, gathering over 125,000 signatures against the project and the repercussions it may have.

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