Politicians are still delaying progress with more questions
Reports from the Netherlands indicate that progress toward online gambling legalisation, already agonisingly slow over the past few years, is again being held up by political questions raised in the Senate last week.
The relevant legislative draft was submitted to parliament in June this year after repeated delays, and later passed the Lower House before being advanced to the Senate, where it awaits a vote.
However, the questions raised last week will have to be addressed before that and involve queries on the likelihood that the legalisation process will channel the estimated 80 percent of local players to Dutch-regulated websites, and the exclusion of online lottery sales from the provisions of the draft bill.
Other questions posed by various political party representatives in the Senate include:
* Will all responsible gambling and consumer protection measdures be equally applied to both land and online operators?
* Will all verticals ie sports betting, poker, casino games, lotteries, and land-based slot machines, be required to implement the same problem gambling prevention measures?
* Will the government provide an overview of all advertising restrictions for both land-based and online operators?
* What is the government's approach to the protection of lotteries (which make significant contributions to worthy causes) in light of the competition that online gambling may constitute?
* Will the continued exclusion of online lotteries be acceptable to the European Union and European Commission?
The Senate has no powers of amendment on the bill and must vote yeay or nay, hopefully before March next year. Regulatory processes and implementation will likely take the effective legalisation of online gambling into early 2018.
The heavy taxation in the bill appears to remain unchanged at 29 percent of GGR to ensure it aligns with taxes imposed on land gambling operators.
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