The Kansspelautoriteit of the Netherlands Gaming Authority has released its 2019 annual report and the 2020 monitoring plan, disclosing that operations under the Remote Gambling Act continue to have priority.
The report was released in February 2019 as the Senate passed the Remote Gambling Bill, an amendment to the 1964 Gambling Act, following the decision to modernise the Dutch gambling programme.
The annual report explains that the activities reported in 2019 are based on the Ksa’s statutory task: protecting customers, preventing gambling addiction, fighting illegality and crime and providing information.
It shows that for the unlawful supply of online games Ksa levied a record amount of fines in the area of € 3.5 m for 2019.
Chairman of the board of directors René Jansen, states: “In 2019, a record amount of fines of €3.5m was imposed, but to be honest, it sometimes felt a bit like mopping with the tap open. Moreover, with one hand on his back, because the current law has few enforcement powers. The Ksa is better able to protect consumers in a regulated market.
“Gambling in man has existed since ancient times and millions of Dutch people enjoy it but we must not close our eyes to the risks. Through our daily digital clipping newspaper, we are regularly confronted with the miserable consequences of gambling addiction
“Often they do not only affect the gambling addict: the social environment of the gambling addict almost always feels the serious consequences. The Netherlands is relatively late in legalising online gambling. It is not without reason.”
The new legislation, which is scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2021, will legalise and control online gambling and set additional addiction prevention standards.
The 2020 monitoring agenda states that this year priority is being given to keeping the Remote Gambling Act on track. This notes that “robust” decisions would have to be taken to ensure reliable oversight of the existing licence holders by 2020.
The Ksa will concentrate its oversight on three priorities: preventing minors from taking part in games of chance, preventing addiction and combating illicit games of chance and crime.
With regard to minors, the Ksa requires licence holders to take “sufficient” steps to ensure that their gambling deals are not used by young people, with a further emphasis on gambling elements in sports.
Licensees must identify and monitor problem-playing activities in a timely manner for addiction prevention and ensure that key industries including customers and healthcare institutions are well educated.