Gaming & gambling

Remote Gambling Act enters into force on 1 March 2021

Posted on 10 September 2020 by Erik van Hoorn

On 4 September 2020, the Ministry of Justice and Security (“Ministry”) published a letter in which it confirmed that the new target date for the Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”) to enter into force is 1 March 2021.  This confirmation was shortly followed by the Netherlands Gambling Authority (“NGA”) publishing a ‘communication calendar’ in preparation for the coming into force of the RGA.

According to the Ministry, the decision to delay the opening of the remote gambling regime by an additional two months (from 1 January 2021 to 1 March) was the result of discussions between various stakeholders. The Ministry affirms that the licensed remote gambling market will open six months after the RGA enters into force, thus on 1 September 2021 (with the proviso the new target date is met). Furthermore, and to cover the additional delay of the RGA entering into force, the cooling-off period will be extended from 30 months to 32 months.

On 7 September 2020, the Gambling Authority published three communication calendars from now up until February 2021: one for licensed land-based operators, one for potential remote operators and one for other stakeholders. These calendars serve as a tool for the respective parties to prepare for the coming into force of the RGA and should be viewed as living documents. The three communication calendars can be found on the website of the NGA (Koa communicatiekalender).

Interested in exploring the possibility of obtaining a remote gambling licence? Further information can be found on our website, at: https://www.kalffkatzfranssen.nl/en/sectors/gaming/dutch-licence-for-online-gambling/. Feel free to contact us at gaming@kalffkatzfranssen.nl to discuss how we can best assist you in this process. More information will become available in the months ahead as we move towards 1 March 2021; steps can already be taken ahead of this key date.

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Erik van Hoorn is an associate at Kalff Katz & Franssen, where he works in the Practice Group Gaming & gambling. 

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