Italy’s Ministry of Finance has dismissed a motion supported by the country’s Senate which would enforce a year-long ban on new gambling enterprises launching in the market, describing the measure as “inapplicable”, “unlawful” and likely to severely impact revenues.

The motion, tabled by federalist political party Lega Nord, called for the moratorium, arguing that the rapid growth of Italy’s online and land-based gambling market was causing a huge rise in addiction and hardship for families of victims during Italy's drawn out recession.

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