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Publication Date: Apr 14, 2013
Following the suspension of Casino de Venezia’s license by the Gaming Authority, Parliamentary Secretary for the Economy Edward Zammit Lewis said he is confident that the laid off skilled workers will be absorbed by other companies and their hardship mitigated.  

The casino failed to comply with its stipulated conditions due to losses it has been making since the end of 2011, leading to the revocation of its license.

Speaking to The Malta Independent online, Dr Zammit Lewis said that he has no doubt that the workers made redundant as a result of the suspension of the casino’s license, will be absorbed by other companies.

“The government is seeking solutions to secure the workers’ future,” he said, adding that the lay-offs affected both igaming professionals and administration staff. 

He said that the government is set to issue two calls for tenders to operate two casinos, one in Malta and the other in Gozo, as announced by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat early last week.

Dr Zammit Lewis pointed out that Kempinski Hotel in Gozo had been provided with a casino license back in 2004 which expired two years later since “at the time, no one had expressed interest in operating the casino”.​​​​​