7,000 Individuals Sign Up for Bulgarian Gambling Self-Exclusion Program
Since December, over 7,000 people have registered for Bulgaria’s self-exclusion program, which aims to help vulnerable and at-risk gamblers steer clear of harmful practices. However, this high number of registrations – almost 1,700 per month – is concerning and highlights deeper issues with the country’s gambling sector. Some believe that well-connected lobbyists have delayed regulatory changes, allowing local companies to profit from vulnerable gamblers. Despite this, the National Revenue Agency (NRA) has addressed privacy concerns by ensuring that the self-exclusion list is only accessible to a select few employees. However, there is a lack of treatment options for gambling addiction in Bulgaria, and the state budget does not seem to be addressing the issue. Additionally, while gambling advertising in public spaces is prohibited, loopholes have allowed for widespread advertising.