Dutch Regulated Online Gambling Pushed Back Another Month
The launch of regulated online gambling in Holland has suffered a further delay with the date that the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (KOA) becomes law pushed back by a month.
Sander Dekker, the Minister for Legal Protection, has announced that the act will not be coming into law until 1 April rather than 1 March, meaning that operators have more time to apply for licenses from the Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA).
As a result, the online gambling market will not be able to launch until 1 October, rather than 1 September.
According to Dekker, the delay is to give more time to the “careful implementation” of the new laws in order to ensure that there is a strong regulatory environment. He explained that they believed the 1 March target was achievable as “a great deal is already known to all parties involved about the content of legislation and secondary legislation.”
Dekker also acknowledged that it is in the public interest that the new policies come into force as soon as possible. However, he said that while “implementation is proceeding energetically,” more time is needed. Therefore, the act will not come into effect until a month later than originally planned.
The original plan was for the gambling act to enter into law on 1 July 2020, and online gambling would be able to launch in the country from January 2021. However, there have been numerous delays, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and operators will be hoping that this is the last of them.