Polish Casinos Voice Tax Fears Over Lobbying Scandal

Poland’s casino sector fears proposed gaming tax amendments at the centre of a political corruption scandal could now be implemented by politicians keen to distance themselves from the controversy.The scandal has dominated national media just as government figures show gaming industry profits up a healthy 18 percent in the first half of 2009.

Sports minister Miroslaw Drzewiecki and the head of ruling Civic Platform Party (PO) Zbigniew Chlebowski both stand accused of lobbying on behalf of gambling interests to block a change in Polish gambling law that would have cost the industry an estimated €111m in increased taxes.

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