The Czech Republic’s plans to revamp its gambling regulations for the first time since 1989 are gathering pace with the country’s government submitting its draft legislation to the European Commission for approval.

The draft bill ends the current ban on foreign gambling companies operating in the country, while also establishing strict controls and harsh penalties in an attempt to tackle black market sites. It requires Czech internet service providers to restrict access to sites not approved by the Customs Authority, which takes over management of the industry from the Ministry of Finance.

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