In 2010, Government decided to modernize our Betting and Gaming Act.
A Remote Gambling Bill has been sent to Parliament in July 2014. The Remote Gambling Bill enables the provision of online games of chance in The Netherlands, provided that a license had been obtained.
In July 2016 the House of Representatives has approved the Remote Gambling Bill; the Senate must still approve the Bill.
As long as the Remote Gambling Bill has not come into force, it is not allowed to offer remote games of chance in The Netherlands, neither is it allowed to expand marketing or advertising activities for remote games of chance.
Conditions for a license
Every company that operates from an EU or EEA Member State can apply for a license. If the company operates from a third country, the EU or EEA-obligation can be waived by the Board of Directors of the Netherlands Gambling Authority if further conditions are satisfied. Conditions of such a waiver still have to be worked out in lower legislation.
During the debate about the future Remote Gambling Bill, an amendment has passed, setting a uniform tax rate of 29% for all games of chance.
The Coalition Agreement says that online gambling operators must have some kind of physical presence in the Netherlands.