2020_11_betinvest.gif
2020_11_betinvest.gif
2020_11_betinvest.gif
CLOSE
× Gambling News In-Depth iGaming Calendar Connections GI Friday Trafficology GI Magazine GGA 2020 AffiliateCon
NEWS 26 March 2020

Prague Gaming Summit: “Netherlands the world champions at slowly regulating the gaming sector”

By Tim Poole

Gaming lawyer Justin Franssen has dubbed the Netherlands the "world champions" of slow regulation, following ongoing delays to the opening of its regulated online market.

Following two and a half years of delays, the Remote Gambling Act was finally adopted by the Dutch Senate in February 2019.

However, delays since have moved the market’s planned opening from 1 January 2021 to 1 July 2021.

A cool-off period of two years also exists for any operators already active during the illegal, unregulated market and Franssen could not help but poke fun at his native Netherlands at the Prague Gaming Summit.

When introduced as part of a panel on regulation, being asked if the country was about to introduce a new law by July next year, he joked "don’t be so positive."

Franssen, who is a partner at law practice Kalff Katz & Franssen, told the audience: "We are the world champions at slowly regulating the gaming sector. When we started, I was blonde (pointing to his grey hair) and 80 kilograms and look at me now; this didn’t happen overnight!

"It’s ridiculous how long it has taken. But there is some good news: finally the secondary regulation was sent to Parliament. Are we there, then? Probably not, if you look at the history of previous Dutch regulation.

"Despite the fact we thought all the political debates ended in November last year, we have certain indications that we can expect some ‘fireworks.’

"They have political techniques to slow down the process. They can call for a debate and plan it for several months later. They can ask questions and more.

"But let’s look at it from the bright side. If everything goes very smoothly, we should have implementation of the legislation on 1 January 2021 and a market opening on 1 July 2021."

It is yet to be seen how the impact of the coronavirus pandemic also affects Dutch gaming legislation and regulation.

RELATED TAGS: Online | Legal & Regulatory
2020_7_fsi.gif
GI FRIDAY: WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
THE GI HUDDLE PODCAST
NEW! #006 - LISTEN NOW
Gaming Industry Conferences (22:37)
#005 - LISTEN NOW
The role of gambling media (27:11)
#004 - LISTEN NOW
What is the role of a Gambling regulator? (29:09)
#003
The Future of Gambling Sponsorship in Sport (30:50)
MUST READ
IN-DEPTH 16 March 2020
Is there an ideal RTP rate?
READ MORE
PREMIUM CONNECTIONS
Legal and Jurisdictions
Digital Isle of Man
VIEW PROFILE
Systems and Software
BetConstruct
VIEW PROFILE
Industry Awards
Global Gaming Awards
VIEW PROFILE
Systems and Software
NSoft
VIEW PROFILE
PR and Marketing
ActiveWins
VIEW PROFILE
Systems and Software
BBIN
VIEW PROFILE
Affiliate
1xPartners
VIEW PROFILE
Systems and Software
Newgioco Group
VIEW PROFILE
Systems and Software
Efbet
VIEW PROFILE
Payments
Zimpler
VIEW PROFILE