The upper house of the States General passed the legislation to regulate iGaming activities in the Netherlands after two and a half years in limbo. The Remote Gaming Act addresses the issue of online gambling market for the Dutch players and will be adopted as a law through Royal Decree with no further delays.
The adoption was mainly supported by Sander Dekker, the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection, who admitted the importance to protect unregulated gambling entertainments in today's digital environment. He also emphasized that the Remote Gaming Act would reduce such risks as problem gambling and fraud.
The new legal framework is to be implemented by the Dutch Gambling Commission, that also increases the regulator’s powers to regulate and protect 1.8 million Dutch people who use gambling services of remote operators as stated in the Holland Casino survey.
As expected, the remote gambling operators will be able to obtain a license from Q2 of 2020. Among the main requirements will be an execution of responsible gambling programs and tax of 29.1% on gross gaming revenue.