The Netherlands has finally attained a new regulator for their opening of the new online gambling market. Unfortunately, the launch of this market has experienced a delay that pushes the opening back by six months. It is expected that the new date for the launch will be on July 1st, 2020. Reasons point towards the government requiring more time to put their plans into place and hopefully gain a new legislation to support the regulator.
From last week, the government was informed of this delay by the Minister of Justice and Security for the Netherlands, Sander Dekker. He informed the lower house of parliament that the original plan of releasing the new market to the public will not take place on January 1st, 2020. This was after the amendments made to the Remote Gambling Act to ensure the regulations in place to support the market’s opening.
The Dutch gambling regulator, known as Kansspelautoriteit, had stated that they would offer their support in creating online license applications as long as they were informed of the new amendments made to the RGA. However, due to the amount of time this would take to process, the six-month delay was needed if the proper procedures were to ever take place.
In response to this, a proposed ban on gambling advertisements was offered for discussions. However, Dekker has assured that these open points have been rejected, informing that placing a ban on such advertisements would harm the potential market before the opening of online gambling services.
In the meantime, Dekker will oversee personally the process of these new license applications, making sure that they will be following the age-verification system as an utmost priority. With an increase underage customers appearing before 2018, action must be taken to ensure the safety of this online gambling market to prevent harm to any young people.