Courts prevented Nitra and Bratislava from closing gambling parlors
At the end of August, the Nitra Regional Court suspended the city of Nitra’s directive banning gambling parlors in the city. The city approved the directive last June, but a prosecutor argued it did not properly count signatures on the petition calling for the ban. The prosecutor seems to back the interests of the parlors, which point at job losses. The city of Bratislava also faces an uphill struggle in banning the parlors, as courts have overridden its directive banning them (they argued the city voted on the same petition twice, which is unlawful).
Parliament is discussing new legislation that will no longer require a petition for the city to ban gambling places.