René Jansen: ‘Online gambling market will hopefully be open by 1 January 2021’

5 juni 2019

The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Ksa) expects the Remote Gambling Act (Wet kansspelen op afstand) to come into effect on 1 July 2020. In that case, licence applications can be processed from that date onwards, so the online gambling market can be open from 1 January 2021.

This message was communicated today by René Jansen, chair of the Ksa, during the annual conference of the Gaming in Holland platform. René Jansen emphasised that managing the licensing process properly in the context of the Remote Gambling Act will be a priority in the coming two years.

Conditions

The Remote Gambling Act, which was adopted by the Dutch Senate on 19 February 2019, legalises online gambling under strict conditions. Pursuant to the current legislation, it is not possible to apply for a licence to offer online gambling. This situation will change under the new law. The Ministry of Justice and Security is currently drafting the subordinate legislation related to the Remote Gambling Act. As soon as this process has been finalised, the Ksa will be able to draft the licence conditions. ‘Such an operation places quite a high demand on an organisation the size of the Ksa’, says Jansen. ‘However, we are doing everything in our power to get it done. If we cannot manage with our permanent staff, we will hire external staff.’

Safe online offer

The law intends to create a safe, legal online gambling offer. By granting licences to reliable companies, it will be possible to lay down conditions and exercise the necessary supervision at the same time. The law grants the Ksa additional powers to tackle illegal online offers.

Form

René Jansen made a strong appeal to his audience today to fill in the ‘I would like to become a Ksa licence holder’ registration form on the Ksa website. René Jansen: ‘It is important for the Ksa to know how many licence applications we can expect in the future. This information will allow us to organise the licensing process properly. A smooth process is not only in our own interest but also in the interest of the companies that are going to apply for a licence.’