Yesterday, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice announced in its latest budget that games of chance will be a “core topic” of its 2016 policy agenda.
Concretely, the policy agenda accompanying the 2016 budget states the following:
- As announced earlier, the remittance rate for charity lotteries will be lowered from 50% to 40%.
- In 2016, the process for acquiring lottery licenses will be revised.
- The government aims to accommodate “new lottery initiatives that focus on the public interest” starting in 2017.
- The remote gaming bill is expected to be implemented in 2016.
- A revised slot machine decree will be offered up for consultation “by the end of 2015” and is expected to come into force simultaneously with the remote gaming bill.
- State-owned Holland Casino will be sold.
- Legislation to reorganize the land-based casino market will be introduced by early 2016.
Lastly, the Ministry of Security and Justice also promised to send its “vision for the future” regarding currently existing gaming monopolies to the House of Representatives.
As the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) already expressed concerns with regard to the proposed privatization plans for Holland Casino, as well as the announced merger between the Staatsloterij and De Lotto, this promise appears timely.