Outgoing Czech federal drugs organizer Jindrich Voboril appealed for greater government funding for problem gambling in a statement this week, demonstrating that Czech punters spent 39.8 billion crowns on gambling in 2017, half per cent over the preceding year.
1 third of that sum was spent on online gambling up from just 3 percent in 2009, he promised, suggesting that this has caused a increased danger of problem gambling among younger players.
Voboril, who leaves his post in July, said 1.5 percent of state tax revenues on gambling needs to go to prevention and treatment organisations, a proposal which has been rebuffed by Finance Minister Alena Schillerova, who said that her ministry rejects any effort to earmark parts of excise tax earnings into such functions because the decision to give the money to such projects need to be made during the discussion on the state budget.
Nearly all Czech punters are middle-aged guys and they usually invest 40,000 to 50,000 crowns a month on gambling, Council of NGO Association head Helena Rampachova told neighborhood eporters.
Czech lawmakers passed legislation in 2017 enabling foreign online gambling operators to get the local market, subject to compliance with demanding licensing, regulatory and tax regimes.
Minister Schillerova said the state received over 12 billion crowns in gambling taxes last year, and currently spends money on drug prevention and dependence now at about 175 million tiles up from 95 million in 2015.