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Cyprus – Adopted parts of Cypriot gaming law needs better translation

By - 18 February 2016

The legislation needed to introduce casino gaming to Southern Cyprus has been delayed as few of the legislators can understand the language it is written.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Zacharias Zachariou has demanded a better translated version of the draft bill after the Greek version confused parliamentarians. The problem has been that the drafted legislative proposal had adopted several chapters from other bills from around the world but was not translated clearly enough into Greek.

The Chairman said: “The regulations that have been put forward have been translated from English into Greek and there are some provisions and legal wordings that remain unclear. The translation into Greek is lacking.”

He added the new regulations ‘would be ready by next month.’

Last month, the General Director of the Ministry of Commerce, Stelios Himonas, asked MPs to approve the final rules and regulations concerning the operations of Cyprus’ first casino resort by February.

The next round of the tender will see the eight candidates whittled down to three.

The Ministry of Commerce predicts that a resort casino could bring in an extra 500,000 more tourists to Cyprus, compared with around 2.4m today whilst also creating hundreds of jobs.

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