Dutch gambling authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set out its long-term strategy pertaining to the Remote Gambling Act that is set to come in to force, after a vote to accept implementation earlier this year came in excess of two and a half years after the bill was originally passed in its lower house.
The regulator has laid out an initial target of the Remote Gambling Act to be rolled out by Wednesday 1 July, 2020, with operators able to submit permit applications from this date onward. The gambling market will then be able to officially open from Friday 1 January, 2021.
Chairman of the KSA, René Jansen, has confirmed that the most recent update is expected to come into force, having emphasised that overseeing the licensing process in the context of the Remote Gambling Act will become a top priority over the next two years.
The Ministry of Justice and Security is currently developing new legislation into “lower regulations,” which – when complete – will enable the regulator to be able to decide upon suitable permit conditions.
Jansen stated: “Such an operation demands a lot from an organisation with the size of the Ksa. But we do everything in our power to get this done. If we don’t make it through the permanent staff, we hire external staff.”
Intending to create “a safe, legal gambling offer”, Jansen called on interested parties to register interest through the Ksa website: “It is important for the Ksa to know how many permit applications we can expect in the future. This allows us to properly organise the organisation. We have an interest in that, but that also applies to companies that are going to apply for a permit.”
Under current legislation it is not possible to apply for a licence to offer online games of chance, with the new act – which was adopted by the first chamber on 19 February 2019 – set to legalise online gambling under a series of strict conditions.