The Netherlands’ gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and Belgium’s Gaming Commission Kansspelcommissie (BGC) have created a Benelux collaborative agreement.
Both agencies have agreed to exchange information, documents, skills, and best practises in order to enhance their regulatory and market surveillance capabilities.
Furthermore, the management teams of KSA and BGC will work together to combat common risks such as market fairness, anti-money laundering, and gambling addiction prevention.
Magali Clavie, BGC President 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 follows a sequence of recent parallel agreements declared by the Dutch regulator in cooperation with the Swedish Gambling Authority, the Malta Gaming Authority, and France’s current regulatory body, L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux.
On the deal, René Jansen, chairman of the KSA board of directors, added: “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 says that its Remote Gambling Act will take effect on April 1st, after which time applications for a licence to sell games of chance over the internet in the Netherlands can be sent to the Authority.