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Government should encourage neither poverty nor gambling  Nikol Pashinyan | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the official website of the Prime Minister of Armenia, before proceeding to the agenda, the Premier made the following statement: “You can see the gift offered by the Police of the Republic of Armenia to the Government, namely an Armenian-French phrase-book published ahead of the 17th summit of La Francophonie International Organization to be held in Yerevan. It is a landmark event, and a good opportunity to increase the number of languages we know. I consider that the Armenian citizens should speak a few foreign languages in the new Armenia. The Summit is a good occasion for us to take another step in that direction.” The Government discussed and approved a proposal on amending the RA laws On Lotteries, and On Offline and Online Gambling and Casinos. Thus, the Government shares the concerns of the authors of the package of amendments, highlighting the need for the proposed regulation of relations and presents a number of recommendations Touching upon the legislative package, Prime Minister Pashinyan said: “Numerous concerns are being voiced that the package has not been discussed fairly enough with the field representatives. It seems to be obvious that at this stage the draft needs additional discussion and amendments. We face serious problems in this area that need tackling.” The Head of Government further noted that the discussion should continue so that “we could make sure that the proposed amendments pursue such goals as are logical and acceptable for everyone.” The draft specifies that betting and automated gambling activities can only be organized within the administrative borders of Tsaghkadzor community (Kotayk Marz), Sevan community (Gegharkunik Marz), Jermuk community (Vayots Dzor Marz), and Meghri community (Syunik Marz). In view of the above, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan noted that it would lead to considerable reduction in the number of jobs. “The bill affects a few thousand people. I think we need to be careful about this issue, since we have to understand which way we are going to proceed. I agree that the package is pretty good, but it should be implemented step-by-step and very carefully.” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that a balanced solution should be given to the problem.

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