Netherlands

Netherlands: 5 February 2019 – D-Day Remote Gambling Act

Only a few more days to go: on 5 February 2019, there will be the hearing in the Dutch Senate on the introduction of the Remote Gambling Act (‘RGA’). This is more than 2.5 years after the Act passed the House of Representatives. In principle, no changes to the latest draft are accepted anymore. This means that the RGA will either be approved or denied. If all parties agree to the proposal, no vote is required and the Act will pass. If one of the parties requires a vote, the vote will be on 12 February 2019. DLA Piper will …

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The Netherlands: Gambling Authority opens public consultation on draft “Supervisory Agenda 2019”

Earlier this week, the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit, “KSA”) published its draft Supervisory Agenda for 2019. The Supervisory Agenda is an annual document in which KSA outlines how it envisages to fulfill its supervisory role and its main objectives in the coming year, being consumer protection, the prevention of gambling addiction and the prevention of illegality and crime. Stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on the draft Supervisory Agenda by 11 February. First of all,  KSA  “expects that in February 2019 the legislative proposal for the Dutch Remote Gambling Act will be adopted by the Senate”. On 5 February …

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Netherlands – Uncertainty remains for previous remote gaming violators

Netherlands – Uncertainty remains for previous remote gaming violators   Although last week, the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection published the Remote Gaming Decree (‘RGD’) for public consultation, i.e. secondary legislation to the new Dutch Remote Gaming Act,   uncertainty remains as to whether previous violations would prevent a successful application for a remote gaming license in the Netherlands.   In July 2018, the Minister clearly stated that previous violations of the Dutch gaming legislation would not automatically lead to a license to be denied, as such violation would not mean that that an operator is not reliable or irresponsible from …

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Netherlands – Secondary Legislation to Remote Gaming Act ready for public consultation

Finally, some movement with respect to the introduction of the Dutch Remote Gaming Act (‘RGA’). Just before the summer break, the Minister of Legal Protection already announced that he wanted speed things up. He put his money where his mouth is, as last week, the Remote Gaming Decree (‘RGD’) was published for public consultation.   The draft RGD includes, other things, the following topics: Licenses can be granted with respect to casino games (against other players or operators), and (sports and horse racing) betting. No licenses will be granted with respect to the organization  of lotteries. Licenses will be granted …

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