Last Friday, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (‘’NGA’’) updated its Remote Gambling Act (‘’RGA’’) communication calendar. The calendar was first published in September 2020 and contains the NGA’s publications until the opening of the regulated Dutch remote gambling market in October 2021.
With this update, the NGA confirms a number of important shifts in the timeline up to October 2021.
Most importantly, the one-month delay to the entry into force of the RGA is noted on the calendar. The RGA will enter into force on 1 April 2021, instead of on the previous target date of 1 March 2021. On 1 April, the NGA will thus open the remote gambling licence application portal.
In the previous version of the calendar it was indicated that the final versions of the Remote Gambling Policy Rule, the Remote Gambling Model Licence and the Responsible Gambling Policy Rule would be published in January 2021. However, because the final secondary legislation (Remote Gambling Decree & Remote Gambling Regulation) has not yet been published, it is now expected that the final policy rules and model licence will be published mid-February 2021. The NGA notes that these expected final versions are preliminary final versions: this means that these versions will in principle not be amended, but that they can only become officially final with the entry into force of the RGA.
In addition, following the updated calendar, the NGA will publish its Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Guidance document (in which the NGA indicates how operators must fulfil their AML obligations) and game system inspection scheme (on the basis of which the operator’s game system must be inspected, tested and certified) mid-February 2021.
Further down, the calendar indicates that in July 2021 the NGA expects to publish its new CRUKS Policy Rule. In this policy rule, the NGA will provide details on how it will deal with requests for voluntary and involuntary registration in the Central Exclusion Register.
The calendar ends with October 2021. At that time, (as is currently expected) the regulated Dutch remote gambling market will open.
Please see the website of the NGA for the updated RGA communication calendar (only available in Dutch): https://kansspelautoriteit.nl/wet-koa/communicatiekalender/
In case you have any questions regarding the above or about the upcoming licence application procedure for remote games of chance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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