KSA Release Draft KOA Documents

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulatory authority, has released its draft ‘Remote Gambling Act’ (KOA) documents on licencing conditions, which have been made available to all parties interested in entering the regulated online gambling marketplace of the country in 2021.

The KSA has issued draft versions of the ‘KOA Policy Rules’ and ‘KOA Model Permits’ to help incumbents prepare for the opening of its licencing window on 1 March 2021.

The KSA stresses in its business update that both documents remain as ‘draft versions’ and the regulator intends to publish final applications by mid-January 2021.

The draft documents follow the publication by the KSA of its complete itinerary of ‘required operator permits’ as announced on 30 September, which must be submitted by all incumbents in order to be checked in order to participate in the application process.

The KSA claimed, within its KOA Policy Rules, that it issued a ‘inspection plan’ advising operators of which systems and technical specifications would be needed for inspection to be prepared.

The KSA confirms that it will allow parties to engage in ‘feasibility tests’ that will be held until mid-January 2021, in preparation for the opening of its formal licencing window.

In a statement, the regulator detailed: “KSA has approached a number of parties to participate in the feasibility test. These are the current country-specific licensees, (international) industry associations and a few law firms.”

Speaking at the ‘Gaming in Holland Conference’ last month to industry executives, KSA Chairman René Jansen said the regulator had improved its internal resources to cope with a ‘influx of applications seeking to join the Dutch market in 2021.’

The regulator defended Jansen against criticism of subordinate legislation that frustrated the final passage of the KOA Act, adding that “no aspect of the Act could be left to chance” and that the Netherlands will retain the toughest online gambling licencing process.

A further outline of application procedures will be given by KSA in mid-November 2020.