Dutch Government Slammed over Slow Gambling Liberalization

dutch gambling legalizationLately, the Dutch Government is facing a lot of criticism and verbal abuse from people for its failure to offer online gambling liberalisation in the country.

In an interview with the local media, the outgoing Chairman of the country’s gambling regulator KSA or Kansspelauriteit, Jan Suyver, says it is a disgrace for the country and its people about slow gambling regulations.

The outgoing Chairman voiced his displeasure and commented that in his six-year tenure at the gambling regulatory agency of the country, he was always prompt in keeping pace with the gambling developments. He is pained to see the lacklustre performance by the Dutch government regarding gambling liberalisation.

The liberalisation of the gambling market of Netherlands has been a matter of debate and discussion with the government since 2012. It has been more than 6 years but the issue is untouched, and the government is yet to arrive at a conclusion.

Jan Suyver further said that when it comes to online gambling markets, Netherlands is left out by the other European Union countries. The Christian Union and Christian Democratic Appeal; which are the two Protestant Parties of the Parliament have been voicing their opinion about the market re-organisation.

They are going to block the proposed Remote Gambling Bill which will further cause a delay in the gambling liberalisation.

On October 1, 2018, both Jan Suyver and Henk Kesler left their post of Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively at the KSA. They are now replaced with Rene Jansen and Bernadette van Bauchem.

Proposed Gambling Bill to Provide Greater Power to Legislator

For the last 5 decades, the gambling laws in the Netherlands have remained untouched. There have been several modifications in the gambling regulations before the rise of the internet. The Remote Gambling Bill was approved by the lower house of the Dutch Parliament in 2016, but the Senate is yet to make any final progress with the bill.

If the gambling legislation is passed by the Senate, it will allow the international gambling companies to apply for a license and operate their casinos in a regulated market. Under the new legislation, the KSA will have greater powers to impose fines on casino operators who flout the rules.

At the moment, KSA is unable to collect fines from the gambling operators because of the limited powers. Betsson and Mr Green which is the online casino operators based in Malta have been slapped with huge fines, but they are looking forward to appealing their penalties to KSA. The gambling regulatory body of Netherland lacks sufficient power to impose penalties on the unethical casino operators even with the intervention of the courts present in the country.

At the same time, the new gambling regulation will prevent the casino operators who are previously penalised by the casino operator to apply for a gaming license until the gambling market of Netherland is thoroughly regulated. This move is likely to be implemented soon as confirmed by Sander Dekker who is the Dutch Minister for Justice.

The fate of the gambling liberalisation of Netherland now rests in the hands of the Senate, and it would be interesting to see whether the proposed gambling bill will be passed shortly or not.


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