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NEWS 9 October 2018
Outgoing gambling regulators express disappointment in Dutch government
By Tim Poole

Outgoing Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) officials Jan Suyver and Henk Kesler have criticised the Dutch government’s failure to implement the Remote Gaming Act.

The former KSA chairman and vice-chairman finished their terms on 1 October and have spoken of their disappointment in a lack of action from politicians.

Overall, the duo were satisfied with what they achieved during their time in charge of the KSA, expressing no regrets.

However, Suyver, in particular, is quoted by the regulator’s website as being critical of the Dutch government.

He said: “Unfortunately we were not allowed to do what we wanted to do. For that reason I do not look back with great satisfaction.

“A nice organisation has been set up, but politics has not delivered what we were promised at the start of the Gaming Authority: a toolbox to steer online gambling on a regulated market. I've become pretty cranky now and again.

“There was a lot of complaining in the Lower House. Only slow down, ball wide and then play back, just to speak in football terms.”

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