Cabinet agrees with gambling legislation

The government has agreed on the bill of state secretary Teeven to legalize online gambling. This is the threat of postponing the job. However, the bill must still be piloted by the Senate. The policy is being modernized on three points. First, online games of chance are regulated as of 1 January 2015

The government has agreed on the bill of state secretary Teeven to legalize online gambling. This is the threat of postponing the job. However, the bill must still be piloted by the Senate.

The policy is being modernized on three points. First, online games of chance are regulated as of 1 January 2015. In addition, the lottery market and the casino market are being reformed. The providers of lotteries are given the space to innovate more. Holland Casino will be privatized in 2017. The state-owned company with fourteen branches is sold as a group of ten branches under the name Holland Casino and four branches are sold separately to other new providers.

License holders in the Netherlands for online gambling will pay 20 percent gambling tax, 0.5 per cent contribution to the addiction fund and 1.5 per cent contribution to the Gaming Authority on the gross game result.

The government has opted for a system in which the objectives of the gambling policy (prevention of gambling addiction, consumer protection and the prevention of fraud and other crime) are no longer achieved by restricting the offer, but by strict licensing conditions and strict enforcement by the Gaming Authority (Ksa). .

There will also be a central register for the most risky games that can temporarily exclude problem players from participating in a game, whether online or offline.

The government also talked about the proposal last week, but the two coalition parties still had disagreement about the tax rate that must be paid on gambling. The PvdA wanted to levy a high tax on gambling profits, the VVD was against it.