On 29 April, the first edition of the Gaming in holland webinar series took place. The topic of this Gaming in Holland webinar: “Next steps: The what & when of preparing for the regulated Dutch online market“.
Justin Franssen, partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at law, was one of the panellists during the webinar. The other speakers were: Bert Bakker, partner at Meines Holla & Partners; and Peter-Paul de Goeij, director of the online trade association Stichting Speel Verantwoord.
In the first part of the webinar several questions were answered regarding: the state of play concerning the Remote Gambling Act, the effects of the coronavirus on the legislative process, and the possibilities for potential licence applicants to prepare for the online gambling licence process. The expert panel has given some insightful answers regarding the complexity of the parliamentary process (e.g. voorhangprocedure) that is required to pass the final version of the Remote Gambling Decree.
Participants were also given the opportunity to take part in a poll on the postponement of the opening of the Dutch remote gambling market – to accommodate the land-based incumbents which have had to close shop as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. A majority of the audience opposed postponing the opening of the market (as they thought it was not in the best interest of Dutch consumers), but favoured pushing back the implementation of the Central Exclusion Register (CRUKS) for land-based incumbents to 1 July 2021.
In the second part of the webinar the (almost) 200 participants were able to submit questions of their own. A large part of the questions from the audience revolved around more practical aspects of the licence process. Questions included: the language of the procedure, local representation, mandatory fees, and financial guarantees.
A report of the webinar with questions, answers, and the poll result can be found on the Gaming in Holland website. The full webinar can be viewed below.
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