Swiss Gambling Bill Causing Controversy

Published By Mia Gardner : 25 Jan 2018 | Last Updated: 24 Dec 2020

If Swiss gambling regulators thought that the restriction of foreign online gambling sites in Switzerland would be smooth sailing in any way, then they had another thing coming. Switzerland last year followed in the footsteps of several other countries in Europe by passing a bill that authorises land-based, local casino groups to set up online sites for gambling, but restricting Swiss nationals’ access to foreign gambling sites.

The bill was first adopted in September of last year and was supposed to have been implemented at the beginning of this year. However, the proposed bill is now being challenged by a nation-wide referendum.

Swiss law allows for the implementation of a proposed bill to be challenged in the event that a minimum of 50,000 signatures are accumulated in support of the law not being passed. A total of 60,000 signatures were gathered on the issue of the restriction of online gambling sites. The signatures belong to a variety of interested parties, from Internet service providers to civil liberty advocates and activists.

The government will now have to resolve the issue by means of a public referendum.

Calls for a National Referendum

The main issue in a free-world country like Switzerland is that people are against government attempting to restrict freedom of choice. The Swiss Federation of Casinos is obviously not happy with the opposition and proposed referendum, as its proving troublesome to simply start raking in the profits. 

Local casinos claim that the referendum movement is being financed by outside forces looking to halt the process for personal gain. Local interested parties claim that foreign gambling sites are ungovernable and will expose locals to potentially dangerous situations as far as safe gambling practice is concerned.

This is quite obviously a classic case of sour grapes at seeing potential profits having to be shared with parties. Local casinos would very much prefer a monopoly, as this would ensure that all profits are directed into their own personal pockets.

The Swiss people are obviously having none of the pushiness that government is trying to impose on them, and they are adamant to have their say. The proposed bill will only officially take effect in the event that the majority votes in favour of the passing thereof.

Refusing government interference and decisions being made on behalf of an entire country by a select few has always been signs of a healthy democracy. The Swiss people are merely seeking to uphold and protect this. uses cookies to give the best experience possible. Please read our Cookie Policy for more details