Nederlands Gambling Laws in the Works
Nederlands government officials are readying a draft set of gaming laws that could be released early year. According to a recent article, the Dutch Ministry of Justice has been working furiously to get the, oft-postponed, new regulations in place.
While the various factions of the Dutch political parties hash out their differences, igaming businesses are wondering what the new laws will look like. In an interview with EGR, Dutch gaming attorney Justin Franssen gave his take on the situation:
From just looking at what the state secretary has mentioned in the last year or so, I expect the draft to highly likely reflect a lot of the elements of the liberal Danish egaming model.
Denmark’s gaming laws are lauded by European Union officials as being some of the most liberalized in the EU, but aren’t popular with land-based casinos. Under the Danish model, land-based casinos are taxed at a much higher rate than their online competitors and blacklists unlicensed online operators.
Thanks to political in-fighting, Dutch online gaming regulations have been in limbo since 2010.
As of today, the Dutch government controls the country’s only legal games of chance through De Lotto.
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