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The Netherlands – Delay as Dutch look to balance online gaming laws

By - 18 November 2013

Dutch legislation paving the way to online regulation has been delayed as the Ministry of Security and Justice consults with industry executives. 2015 is now being touted as the year of licensing.

The consultation period for the draft bill on remote gaming closed in July this year giving the Ministry of Security and Justice time to consider their input on the proposed legislative framework for the sector.

A source close to the process said that 2015 should be the year in which the Gaming Authority is able to begin the roll out of licenses process.  A revised version of the bill was due to go to the ministerraad (Council of Ministers) in November although this has already been delayed to December or even January 2014. The revised bill will only go public when it is formally submitted to parliament following revisions from the Council of State. The ministry is also now looking at how to proceed with secondary legislation concerning responsible gambling and technical requirements. Again this will involve a consultation process with the industry covering topics such as operator requirements and how the licencing process will work.

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