A ‘cooperation pact’ with ‘The Netherlands Online Gambling Association’ (NOGA) has been signed by Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), the igaming trade body of Sweden, to channel responsible participation within their respective markets.
Having directed approved incumbents during 2019 via the relaunch of Sweden’s reformed online gambling marketplace. BOS states that, when the Netherlands moves to open its licencing window on 1 March 2020, it will share expertise and best practises with NOGA.
BOS and NOGA will cooperate and jointly share information as industry representative trade bodies to help establish competitive, business-friendly markets while maintaining the highest level of customer protections.
BOS Secretary-General Gustaf Hoffstedt claimed that the two trade associations expressed ‘mutual standpoints’ on how individual laws could be harmonised by European markets to safeguard crucial consumer rights and standardise online gambling industry requirements.
Hoffstedt said: “BOS and NOGA both stand for a high level of customer protection in every aspect of gambling. We also share a strong belief in the EU idea and therefore support free trade on equal terms. Protectionism and monopolism is not the way forward for the gambling industry.”
NOGA Managing Director Peter-Paul de Goeij, facing a crucial 2021 agenda, welcomed BOS advice on key issues related to customer security, stakeholder management and channelling to approved incumbents.
“NOGA is very pleased with this official confirmation of the collaboration. Sweden has already led the Netherlands in the regulation of the online gambling market in the past two years,” de Goeij stated.
“We can learn a lot from the experiences that BOS has gained during this period. Incidentally, the contact with BOS and other European sister organisations was already good and constructive, but with this formalisation, we hope to further boost European cooperation between sector organisations.”