The Accounting Chamber of the Ukraine has criticised lazy civil servants for the lack of progress on developing new gambling regulations for the nation and has made its condemnation clear in a report to Government.
The Accounting Chamber has handled external state financial controls for the former Soviet satellite since 1997 and stated that new and more effective regulations were necessary in order to protect gamblers, raise tax revenues for social expenditure and deter criminals.
“Having considered the findings of the analysis of the status of the State regulation of gambling business in Ukraine, the Accounting Chamber Board concluded that practically no changes had occurred in the sphere since the last audit in 2007,” read the report.
“The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the State Tax Administration of Ukraine, the State Committee of Ukraine for Technical Regulation and Consumer Policy have neither established integrated systems of the State supervision of organisation of gambling nor ensured proper State regulations in this sphere within 2007-first quarter of 2008.
“It was emphasised at the Accounting Chamber Board meeting that the primary causes were passiveness of the mentioned State bodies on legislative and regulatory determination of the respective State policy fundamentals, lacking State body that co-ordinates activities of all other bodies in ensuring the State regulation of gambling business, inappropriate responding to conclusions and proposals of the Accounting Chamber. The Accounting Chamber auditors have found out that despite acceptance of conclusions and proposals of the Accounting Chamber on the previous audit, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of Finance did not organise their implementation and engage other State bodies exercising regulation of gambling business by particular directions.”
The Chamber stated that its findings have been passed on to Parliament, President Viktor Yushchenko and the Cabinet of Ministers in a letter alongside recommendations for raising the levels of efficiency.