While Parliament is still to actually pass the Draft Bill on Remote Gambling into law, the Netherlands Gaming Authority is already preparing for the adoption of te Remote Gambling Act as currently proposed will regulate online gambling and provide a basis for the creation of a licensing system, allowing Dutch players to take part in online gambling offerings in a safe and reliable environment.
In 2015, members of parliament submitted well over 600 questions on the draft bill to the State Secretary of Security and Justice in connection with two extensive written rounds of questions. These were submitted to the House of Representatives by the Ministry of Security and Justice in two memoranda, dated April and December 2015. The Netherlands Gaming Authority provided its own input in this connection. In between those two rounds, a roundtable debate was held on the Remote Gambling Act. At that occasion, too, the Netherlands Gaming Authority provided its input. The next step in the parliamentary process is formed by the plenary discussion of the bill in the House of Representatives.
Preparations regarding the licensing procedure
In order to prepare for the (future) licensing of remote gambling, the Netherlands Gaming Authority cooperates with its European counterparts. To this end the Netherlands Gaming Authority visited the UK Gambling Commission, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, the French regulator ARJEL and the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego in Spain, all in 2015. More international visits are scheduled to take place later this year.
The Netherlands Gaming Authority also signed Letters of Intent (LoI) with several European regulators. These are instrumental into bringing about an effective bilateral and multilateral cooperation, with which it’s possible to exchange information about – amongst other things – best practices and procedures.
Furthermore, the Netherlands Gaming Authority is currently developing several aspects of the licensing procedur.