The Netherlands launches consultation on casino protection


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The Netherlands launches consultation on casino protection

The Ministry of Justice and Security has initiated a consultation regarding the implementation of play limits within the realm of online gambling.

This consultation aims to gather insights on the existing safeguards outlined in the online gambling legislation (KOA), which was introduced to regulate online gambling activities in October 2021.

Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind, has proposed setting a €150 loss limit for players under the age of 24, along with mandatory monthly financial risk assessments for players exceeding €350 in spending. Additionally, operators will be required to issue “customer care reminders” every 30 minutes to caution players about their gambling habits.

However, the leader of the ChristenUnie (CU) party is advocating for a universal loss limit and plans to present an alternative to Weerwind’s suggestions, claiming bipartisan support. Furthermore, the Dutch parliament will assess a proposal by Socialist Party MP Michiel van Nispen, which recommends imposing financial penalties on online gambling operators who violate market regulations, with fines potentially amounting to 10% of turnover.

The consultation period will remain open for feedback until April 3. Earlier this month, the Dutch gambling regulator, the KSA, provided clarifications on the regulations concerning cashback bonuses. It announced revisions to the regulatory language following the discovery of breaches by three licensees.

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