Last week, at the Gaming in Holland conference, chairman René Janssen of the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA“) and Dennis van Breemen of the Ministry of Justice and Safety (Ministerie van Justitie en Veiligheid) provided new updates regarding the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Wet online kansspelen op afstand, “RGA“).
We provide you with a brief overview of those topics below.
The KSA has revealed its intention to have the RGA enter into force on July 1 2020. At that point, it should be possible to apply for a licence which the KSA then aims to provide within a six-month window up to 1 January 2021, provided that all licensing criteria are met. Actual opening of the market, in this respect is thus expected on 1 January 2021, at the earliest. We note that the KSA has heavily emphasized the fact that it aims for this timeline and that this is in no way a final timeline, as the (secondary) legislation is subject to review by Parliament, notification to the European Commission and advice from the Council of State.
The KSA has explained that the secondary legislation is currently in development. A draft General Administrative Order (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, “AMvB“) is expected to be sent to parliament before the end of summer. Furthermore, a Ministerial Order (Ministerieel Besluit, “MB“) is scheduled for public consultation at the end of June. We will of course keep you updated of the developments regarding the implementation of the AMvB and MB. We will be following these developments closely.
Criteria for future licensees
The KSA discussed some further criteria applicable to future licencees. These are: a) participation in the Central Exclusion Register (“CRUKS“), b) participating in the Control Database (“CDB“), c) fulfilling the requirements to be included in the Duty of Care guideline (Leidraad Zorgplicht), d) meeting certain financial conditions and lastly e) being a reliable operator. We discuss these criteria below in more detail below:
participation in CRUKS is mandatory as this register will be used to exclude players from participating in remote gambling;
Please note that these criteria are all to be further developed in secondary legislation and as such, the above is subject to change.
Furthermore, we note that KSA has indicated that only operators that have not (i) actively targeted the Dutch market for (ii) an unbroken period for at least two years are eligible for a licence. The definition of both terms is to be further clarified. It is expected
Updated showing interest form
The KSA has uploaded a new form in which operators that are interested in acquiring a remote gambling licenses can indicate their interest. Please note that this form is more elaborate than the form that was previously posted on the KSA’s site. The KSA asks interested parties to submit this form by 21 June 2019. Please note that this form is geared to those operators that are very concretely exploring applying for a licence. The form can be found here. Of course, we are happy to assist you with this form or advise you on the preparations for the RGA. However, not filling in this form – which form requires much more information to be provided than the previous interest form – doesn’t prevent operators to apply for a license at a later stage.
Sharif Ibrahim and Richard van Schaik