Dutch Justice Minister Rows Back On ‘Bad Actor’ Provisions

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Sep 21, 2018

Supports regulator in proportionate and time-defined bans against previous offenders obtaining Dutch online gambling licenses

Dutch Justice Minister Sander Dekker appears to have rowed back a little from his statements earlier this year that permanent disqualification from obtaining a Dutch online gambling licence of companies that have been penalised by regulator Kansspelautoriteit may be counter-productive for the nascent online gambling market in the Netherlands, once legislation has been implemented.

This week, addressing the Permanent Committee for Justice and Security, the minister returned to the subject, commenting again that a permanent ban on sanctioned operators would be disproportionate, but an approach that involved a time-defined ban would be acceptable.

The minister did not go into the detail of how long such a ban might be, or on what grounds it would be applied.

After almost a decade of delays and debate, the Dutch government’s Remote Gambling Bill, which has been bogged down in the Upper House of parliament for months, appears to be moving again, with input invited during a consultative period which ends November 6.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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