New Dutch coalition government vows to modernise gambling laws
Thursday, 1 November 2012
The new VVD (Liberal Party) and PvdA (Labour Party) coalition government in the Netherlands has announced plans to update the country's gambling regulations.
“Online gambling, sports-betting and poker events will be strictly regulated,” read the coalition agreement. “Thereby we will reduce the illegal offer of gambling. Compliance with the licensing conditions will be strictly monitored.”
A gambling tax of 29% is set to be levied on online operators which is expected to deliver €31 million. Illegal operators will be 'actively excluded' with licences removed if tax is not paid.
The new government, led by the VVD's Mark Rutte, is set to be installed within the next week.
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