The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on Dutch lawmakers to introduce an online gambling framework to help protect consumers and allow Netherlands to benefit from online gambling taxation.
Yesterday, the country’s Senate started a debate on a Remote Gaming Bill which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2016 but has not progressed further since.
The EGBA highlighted that Netherlands is one of the three EU countries that does not have a regulated online gambling market in place.
According to EGBA, this is the cause of consumers accessing unregulated gambling platforms which costs the country’s tax revenue of about €175m per year.
EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer said:
“The introduction of a Dutch online gambling framework is urgently needed. The Netherlands is now one of the few EU countries who do not regulate online gambling – and this situation is no longer tenable.
“The EGBA welcomes Minister Dekker’s ongoing commitment to modernise the current laws and advocates for the introduction of a well-regulated, multi-licence model
“For Dutch people, whether they play poker or like betting on sports, they should be able to find all the products they are looking for with companies regulated in the Netherlands that pay taxes there and apply local consumer safeguards.
“A licensing model which facilitates this consumer choice will create a better functioning market with players who are properly protected and valuable tax receipts for the Dutch state.”