The upcoming Remote Gambling Act that will significantly influence the Netherlands’ gaming market has been one of the main topics for discussion at the SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital. According to the latest gambling news from Holland, law enforcement has been delayed again, and it means that operators will have more time to get prepared for regulations.
Justin Franssen, a partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen, has provided a quick overview of the current situation connected with the Remote Gambling Act enforcement. He has said that the decree has been verified by several inspectors, including the European Commission, and has been available for public consultations. However, the legalization was postponed again, to March 2021, with operators being allowed to apply for a license only six months later. The official reason for this, which has been provided to all interested in the law, is recovery from COVID-19, as the government doesn’t want to risk public health.
Peter-Paul de Goeij, a Managing Director of the Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA), has commented on the recent letter from the Ministry of Justice, in which it is stating its opinion on the delay and its consequences. The Ministry hopes that this postponement will be the last one and doesn’t see a reason in it. The pandemic may return at the beginning of the next year, and casinos will close their doors again with the necessity to switch to the online format.
Experts have provided valuable recommendations for operators
Operators who are going to enter the regulated Dutch gambling market need to prepare for this process very thoroughly. Of course, it is quite difficult to do this without confirmed requirements from the regulator, however, Peter-Paul de Goeij suggests using the current KSA guidelines to understand what to expect. In addition to this, the gambling authority will check applicants’ backgrounds extensively: from tax offense to administrative law. That is why the reliability check is of high priority. Those operators who will be rejected will be banned for ten or fifteen years.