First Gambling Commission Leadership Team Of Ukraine Formed

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has completed the formal appointment of executives who will form the Ukrainian Gambling & Lottery Commission (UGLC) of the government.

The Commission will develop its leadership structures through the appointments as Ukraine prepares to begin the federally approved ‘Ukraine Gambling Law’ application and licencing process in 2021.

As Cabinet leader Oleg Nemchinov has previously disclosed, the UGLC will be headed by former Ukrainian Special Forces General Ivan Rudyi, who will serve as the first Director-General of the Commission.

Rudyi will lead a six-member executive team with diverse skills and direct experience in law, advancement of public policy, foreign affairs, IT, management of enterprises and criminal prosecution.

High profile figures among the executive leadership team of UGLC include former NATO delegate Yevhen Hetman from Ukraine and lead associate of the Ukrainian Bar, Olena Vodolazhko.

Before their appointments are formally approved by the government, the chosen candidates have yet to pass special examinations. The Cabinet of Ministers has opted not to disclose what particular conditions the candidates selected must follow.

Once created, 230 positions will be recruited by the UGLC to support its department across the provinces of Ukraine, where the agency will aim to appoint six regional directors to report to the UGLC headquarters in Kyiv.

Under the mandate of the Gambling Legislation, the regulatory development of the UGLC will be monitored by an independent advisory body overseeing the Agency’s execution of its duties in the licencing and monitoring of operator activity and market standards.

Observing on-the-ground developments, Kyiv-based law firm 4H Agency announced that the Commission is expected to shortly pass the licencing requirements of Ukraine gambling ‘as the draughts of which were submitted last week as part of the legislative process for public discussions.’

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