A new law on online gambling in the Netherlands is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2019. This was reported by Hank Kessler, the Chief Executive of the local gambling regulator – Kansspelautoriteit. The statement was made during the event of the European Association for Sports Security ESSA – Sports Betting Integrity, – which was held in London on 12 October the following year.
The planned amendments to the legislation should open the Dutch gambling market for international online operators. The innovations will enable them to obtain a license from the regulator and to operate legally within the country.
The gambling activities have been always highly demanded among Dutch players. However, online gambling have not been regulated in the region due to delays in the implementation of new legislative framework.
In 2016, the above-mentioned amendments to the online gaming sector were approved by the lower house of the Parliament, but the process was stalled later. The delay in passing the law was caused by political reasons related to the general elections in March of this year, as well as to the protracted process of forming a new government. The bill now stands in need of a further discussion and an affirmative vote in the Dutch Senate.
The changes in the country's legislation were followed by a report about an increase in the tax rate for gambling representatives. Official gambling operators currently pay 29% tax. In the recent government proposal, the current tax rate will be increased by 1,1% to be amounted up to 30,1% from 1 July 2018.
In addition, earlier this year, the Kansspelautoriteit gaming authority introduced new rules to supervise the services of international gambling operators in the still unregulated environment, making it difficult to work with local players.