Despite problems arising with the procedure, Dutch igaming bill still seems to be on track to be presented to the parliament imminently.
Government officials in the Netherlands are planning to showcase the remote gaming bill to their national parliament before the summer commences. Although the coalition members cancelled a meeting to hold further talks regarding the mobile casino gambling bill, the bill seems to be well on its way to the parliament.
The two main parties that are involved in the discussions of the bill are Dutch People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy and the Labour Party. The reason why the meeting got cancelled was due to disagreements between he members of the coalition coming from the two parties.
Cancelled meeting not a holdup to the overall process
The bill was initially presented and approved by the Dutch Council of Ministers in February of this year, while it still needs approval from the Dutch House of Representatives before the summer break. The new licensing regulations are set to be introduced in 2015.
Justin Franssen, partner at law firm Kalff Katz & Franssen, gave his views on how the bill should still be on its planned course, even without the current obstacles. “We don’t foresee this hold up as necessarily being a cause for delay to the overall reform process.”
The annual Dutch mobile gambling conference will be held on June 23-24, at which many delegates and supporters of the bill be present at. The conference will provide them with ample opportunity to discuss developments and other concerns.