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September 25, 2020

Debate set to continue March 15

Switzerland: Parliament okays blocking of illegal gambling sites

Switzerland: Parliament okays blocking of illegal gambling sites
The House of Representatives also decided on Wednesday that only casinos resident in Switzerland may receive an online license.
Switzerland | 03/02/2017

The House of Representatives also decided on Wednesday that only casinos resident in Switzerland may receive an online license.

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ldquo;Blocking websites works – experience abroad demonstrates that,” said Thierry Burkart from the center-right Radical Party. The Senate had already approved the block.

Only the rightwing Swiss People’s Party and the leftwing Greens showed signs of resistance.

“Blocking isn’t in step with the liberal, democratic way of thinking,” said Franz Grütter from the People’s Party. “It’s what dictatorships do.”

One unresolved issue is how – and whether – to tax winnings. The Senate wants all winnings from sporting bets and lotteries to remain tax-free up to CHF1 million ($990,000); the cabinet and the House of Representatives commission want to keep all profits from gambling tax-free.

The debate on the gambling law is set to continue on March 15.

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