Coin-op amusements news | Euromat steps in to support the Italian entertainment industry
The plans to change Italian laws on entertainment machines would constitute “a serious restriction on the free movement of goods within the EC,” says the trade association Euromat in a letter to the European Commission.
The crisis in the Italian entertainment machine market, highlighted at a seminar at EAG last month, focused on threats to the ATM market.
Some Italian localities suggest that games, with low merchandise prices, amount to gambling, which has sparked strong protest from operators of Italian family entertainment centers.
But the issue has been compounded by proposals from the Italian government, now in the form of a decree sent to Brussels for approval under EU law. This is at the stage where comments are invited and Euromat, the European federation of professional associations, has stepped in to support its Italian member associations with a strongly worded letter to the European Commission.
Aimed at the European Commission Giuseppe Casella, the letter, sent by Euromat President Jason Frost, condemns a number of proposals contained in the Italian bill.
The proposed regulation establishes technical rules that would require that entertainment machines imported into Italy be approved. This would include all entertainment devices such as table football, driving games, redemption, kiddie rides, cranes, and pinball.
This, says Euromat, would be an unnecessary and expensive option. Stressing that it is not against government controls, Euromat underlines that the proposal is “cumbersome, long and expensive”. This would make access to the Italian market more difficult for suppliers outside Italy and considerably increase the cost of games for Italian operators.
The trade body added that it would be a “serious restriction on the free movement of goods in the single market, which forces Italian operators to accept prohibitive costs to buy machines made in other countries of the United Kingdom. the EU “.
Euromat estimates that the Italian market currently holds around 110,000 entertainment machines as a minimum and it was not clear in the proposals whether these machines should be withdrawn, homologated or allowed to continue to operate as is until a certain date.
He proposed a simple certification system by the importer forwarded to the Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency. For foosball, air hockey, basketball, billiards and ticket exchange it would cost between € 200 and € 300. For video games and priced machines, it would be a bit higher.
The consultation period for the proposal will expire on May 17.