The Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker and the standing committee for Justice and Security led the continuation of written consultation on Thursday, 18 June. The Dutch Minister commented on several motions tabled by MPs. An incredible statement on the anticipated date of opening of the online gambling market in the Netherlands with the Remote Gambling Act was made by the minister.
Several motions were proposed at the meeting. MP van Nispen stated in motion 82 that as a result of the COVID-19 measures, preparations for the online gambling market had suffered some delays. Dutch Minister Dekker responded by indicating that January 2021was the aimed date for opening the Dutch Gambling market. However, in early 2020, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 broke out.
Consequently, many guests have switched to illegal gambling providers though, this could have been prevented with the Remote Gambling Act. Conversely, many concerns on the meeting license obligations in time have risen among interested parties. The Ministry of Security & Justice said he does not exclude that because he is swamped this week will lead to a slight delay.
Currently, there is cooling off two years for penalized operators. According to motion 83, if the market opening is postponed, the government should extend the cooling-off period by a comparable period. Provided that the delay in the Remote Gambling Act also remains limited, the minister Dekker said he could live with a limited extension. This means letting the cooling-off period move with a valid date.
Though the Remote Gambling Act will face a delay, this would mean that many more penalized operators are ready at the start of the online gambling market, if the current cooling-off period of 2 years is maintained. Thus, the motion will be progressed to the House of Representatives for voting.