A Benelux collaborative agreement has been formed by the Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and Belgium’s Gaming Commission Kansspelcommissie (BGC).
Both agencies have agreed to share insights, data, knowledge and best practices to strengthen their regulatory and market monitoring capacities.
Furthermore, KSA and BGC management teams will collaborate in tackling shared threats on market integrity, AML and the prevention of gambling addiction.
BGC President Magali Clavie commented: “Online games of chance are offered across borders. As a result, there is a greater need for international cooperation between regulators on (online) games of chance. Information exchanges with foreign colleagues are always very instructive.”
The Benelux agreement builds upon a number of previous similar deals unveiled by the Dutch regulator alongside the Swedish Gambling Authority, Malta Gaming Authority and France’s new regulatory agency L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux.
René Jansen, chairman of the board of directors of the KSA, added on the agreement: “Such a memorandum of understanding forms a good basis for sharing knowledge, collaboration and a smooth exchange of information. At the same time, a clear signal is being sent to providers of games of chance that they are joining forces internationally.”
The KSA maintains that its Remote Gambling Act will enter into force on Thursday 1 April, from which date applications can be submitted to the Authority for a licence to be allowed to offer games of chance via the internet in the Netherlands.