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Gambling-related Advertising to be Limited

Published: July 2, 2013 | 10:45 am
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Koba Davitashvili has addressed the Parliament with the initiative to ban all advertising that promotes gambling. However, the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili himself has criticised this step, urging members of the Parliament not to deter businesses and investors. A task group dealing with the issue of gambling advertisements has been established within the Sectoral Economics Committee. One of the members of the group, the head of the Gambling Business Association Levan Akhvlediani, has stated that the Parliament will review the issue in the autumn. According to Mr. Akhvlediani, the campaign to limit gambling-related advertising is working in a number of directions, the primary aim being to ban advertising from the public transport, including the metro, and the billboards. Advertising on radio and television will also become limited, although sports programs would be exempt. The ban on public gambling-related advertising will also apply to the internet, with any violations being punishable by a 10 000 GEL fine for the first offence, and 20 000 GEL for a repeated violation. The law regarding the limiting of gambling-related advertising will come into effect on 1 January 2014.

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