René Jansen, chair of the Dutch Gambling Authority (Nederlandse Kansspelautoriteit, Ksa), recently visited the annual conference of the Gaming in Holland platform. He expects that the Dutch Remote Gambling Act will come into effect on July 1st, 2020. This means that gambling companies can send an application for a license from that date onwards. As a result, the online gambling market will hopefully be open from January 1st, 2021.
The effect of the new Remote Gambling Law
The Dutch Senate accepted the new Remote Gambling Act on February 19, 2019. Because of the new law online gambling becomes legal and gambling companies can apply for a license to offer online gambling. However, they do have to meet strict conditions. For example, the online gambling environment must be safe, secure and fair. Safe and legal online gambling is the main goal of the new law.
Hoping for a smooth process
During the conference, René Jansen spoke in very clear words. He said that the licensing process has to take place in a proper way, according to the rules of the Remote Gambling Act. This will be a priority in the upcoming years. Jansen wanted his audience to fill in a registration form on the Ksa website called ‘I would like to become a Ksa license holder’. The form has been designed so that the Ksa knows how many license applications it can expect in the near future. This makes it way easier to organize the license process in an efficient way. A smooth process is not just in the interest of the Ksa, but also for the gambling companies that apply for a license, Jansen said.
Online gambling must become safer
By giving licenses to reliable gambling companies, online gambling in the Netherlands must become safer than it is right now. Also in Belgium and Germany the gamble now with casino licensed brands. There will be important conditions and strict supervision, something that is currently not the case. Besides that, the law also gives Ksa more power to fight against illegal online gambling
At the moment, the Ministry of Justice and Security is busy with drafting the subordinate legislation that comes with the Remote Gambling Act. When this process is finalized, the Netherlands Gambling Authority will draft and announce the full list of license conditions. Jansen says that such work is very demanding for the Ksa, which is a not a huge organization. Yet they do everything they can to make it possible. External staff will be hired if the job cannot be done by the permanent staff, Jansen said.